American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes


Telehealth and Surgery during the Pandemic: Lessons Learned and Guidance for the Future

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a series of waivers temporarily lifting certain constraints on coverage for telehealth and other virtual services during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). In August 2020, the ACS hosted a webinar highlighting the experiences of two surgeons, Stephen M. Sentovich, MD, MBA, FACS—Clinical Professor of Surgery and Physician Lead of Clinical Operations at City of Hope (Duarte, CA)—and Catherine A. Matthews, MD, FACS, FACOG—Professor of Urology and Gynecology at Wake Forest Baptist Health (Winston-Salem, NC)—who successfully integrated virtual care platforms into their workflows during the PHE. Viewers will benefit from insights shared by Drs. Sentovich and Matthews about early learnings from operationalizing telehealth since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and key considerations for implementing virtual services in surgical practice now and in the future.