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Practical Considerations for Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers Resuming Elective Surgical Services

May 8, 2020
Health Care Alert

On April 19, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published recommendations for re-opening facilities to provide non-emergent non-COVID-19 health care services.[1] The recommendations provide guidance for hospitals, health care systems, and facilities such as ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in states or regions with low incidence of COVID-19 disease as they consider resuming in-person care of non-COVID-19 patients. Resumption of in-person care is to be made "consistent with public health information and in collaboration with state public health authorities." As we reported in our April 28, 2019 Client Alert, the Illinois Department of Public Health published guidance allowing hospitals and ASCs to begin resuming elective surgeries on May 11, 2020.

General Considerations. In addition to following guidance from state and local public health authorities, consider the following suggestions.


[1] https://www.cms.gov/files/document/covid-flexibility-reopen-essential-non-covid-services.pdf; https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/

[2] https://www.journalacs.org/article/S1072-7515(20)30317-3/fulltext