#61: STS Summer Series: Economic Impact of COVID and Implications for the Future of Cardiothoracic Surgery

July 3, 2020

STS President Joseph A. Dearani, MD, moderates a panel discussion that includes surgeons, a hospital executive, and a health care consultant on the economic impact of COVID and its implications for cardiothoracic surgery. At a time when cardiothoracic surgeons face 7%-8% cuts in Medicare reimbursement, they talked about the financial strain that COVID has had on staffing and salaries, how cardiothoracic surgeons quickly adapted to their roles on the front lines, the potential need for surgeons to begin rebuilding their referral networks, and the positive accelerated development of telemedicine opportunities. Panelists include Vinay Badhwar, MD, Richard K. Freeman, MD, MBA, Robert S. Jasak, JD, and Roberta Schwartz, PhD.