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ACS COVID-19 Practice Management Resources

To support Fellows in delivering safe, high-quality care during the COVID-19 pandemic, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has developed online resources for surgeons and surgical practices facing the impact of the national public health emergency (PHE). 

For more information about the College’s resources related to COVID-19 and practice management, contact Lauren Foe, ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy, at

Telehealth Resources

The use of telehealth and other virtual services, reducing exposure to COVID-19 and ensuring continuity of care during the PHE. The ACS has created resources to help surgeons understand and integrate virtual services into their practices while enhancing their ability to safely care for patients remotely.

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Financial Assistance

There are several federal programs available to assist surgeons in maintaining the financial viability of their practices during the PHE. The ACS outlines these and other options for practices to consider as they respond to the financial circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Readiness Checklist

Patients have many questions about the safety of undergoing elective operations when the PHE subsides. To address such concerns, the ACS has created a readiness checklist, which includes key items for surgeons to communicate with patients as they work to build trust in post-pandemic care.

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Resumption of Elective Surgery

The ACS has established a set of 10 principles to help physicians and facilities plan for resumption of elective surgeries in operating rooms and all other procedural areas. Such principles include COVID-19 Awareness, Preparedness, Patient Issues, and Delivery of Safe High-Quality Care. 

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