Statement Attributable to:
Patrice A. Harris M.D., M.A.
President, American Medical Association 

“The guidance from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on adult elective surgery is a vital step is allocating resources during the pandemic. As hospitals and physician practices plan for anticipated surges of patients needing care for COVID-19 infections, health professionals must use their expertise to develop allocation policies that are fair and safeguard the welfare of patients. The CMS guidance offers needed flexibility to physicians by allowing them to consider the imperative of resource conservation, especially personal protective equipment.

“The nation’s physicians know challenging days are coming. We are preparing for it and are grateful that the federal government understands that physicians need to have flexibility when responding to this threat."

The AMA Code of Medical Ethics offers detailed advice to physicians on how to approach the allocation  of limited health care resources. Among other things, it covers which criteria to consider, setting care priorities and the importance of transparency.

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