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returning to healthcare facilities. "Some individuals were equating 'elective' with 'unnecessary,' which has a lot of negative connota- tions," he says. "In my mind, 'elective' has to do with the conse- quences of delaying the surgery, not necessarily never doing it. We're really talking about procedures that can be postponed, that everyone feels will be safer when the prevalence of this disease has decreased." Elective cases can be held off for only so long before it's no longer an elective case, points out John Goehle, MBA, CASC, CPA, owner of Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies and host of The ASC Podcast with John Goehle, in Rochester, N.Y. "If you postpone cataract [surgery] for too long, the cataract gets worse, there's a higher risk of a complica- tion as that cataract gets harder," he says. "It's the same with arthro- scopies — the longer damage continues to occur in the joint, the more difficult that proce- dure is going to be later on, and the chance of an adverse outcome or complica- tion rises." Postponed colono- scopies might have revealed cancers that have now had months to develop, impacting survival rates. "You get to a point of deferring things where it's going to affect your health," says Mary Dale M A Y 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 4 5

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