The North American Spine Society (NASS) has set up a dedicated section on its website to keep spine care providers up to date on practice and regulatory measures to be taken into account due to COVID-19.
In a letter posted on the organisation’s website, NASS president William J Sullivan (Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA) said that the Coronavirus outbreak is “likely to have affected in some way” each of the society’s members. In recent days, medical authorities including the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have advised against elective spine surgeries to free up resources in tackling the virus.
“As you know, COVID-19 has advanced to a worldwide pandemic impacting the care we provide to our patients,” Sullivan wrote. “NASS is sympathetic to the emotional and financial implications this has on our membership, your practices, patients, family, friends and our health care partners. Every NASS member has likely been or will be affected in some way and our thoughts are with you as we all navigate this difficult crisis together.
“NASS would like to assist our members in this navigation and be a resource as you manage this unprecedented healthcare challenge. The biologic, epidemiologic and clinical data on COVID-19 is rapidly evolving on a daily basis as are local, state and federal announcements, regulations and guidelines.”
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