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Pandemic, changes in health care spur practice consolidation

March 5, 2021
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Published literature has shown the postponement and cancellation of elective procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic had a substantial financial impact on orthopedic practices and hospitals. In a study in International Orthopaedics, Matthew J. Best, MD, and colleagues estimated hospital losses of $10.9 to $11.9 billion in reimbursement and $2.6 to $3.5 billion in net income due to canceled elective musculoskeletal surgery during 8 weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic.