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Alabama

April 30, 2020 - Hospitals and other healthcare organizations may begin performing procedures for non-emergency medical conditions once the state's stay-at-home order lifts but continues to follow CDC guidelines. Dental, medical, and surgical procedures were required to be postponed until further notice on 3/28/20.

Alaska

Requires patients, providers, hospitals, and surgical centers to postpone or cancel non-urgent or elective procedures.

Arizona

EO 2020-10 Banned all elective surgeries as of 3/19/20. EO 2020-32 resumes elective surgeries 5/1/20.

Arkansas

COVID-19 testing is no longer required for asymptomatic patients prior to elective procedures; provided, however, those asymptomatic patients have not come into contact with an individual who is COVID-19 positive in 14 days prior to their elective procedure. This easing of restrictions went into effect during Phase IV of the reopening plan in April 2020.

California

Resumes non-urgent procedures at hospitals while urging the use of Telehealth as much as possible.

Colorado

From November 1 - December 1, 2021, cosmetic procedures must be suspended unless doing so will result in harm or loss of life.

Connecticut

Currently, Connecticut does not restrict the provision of elective medical procedures.

Delaware

Resumption of Elective and non-Urgent Medical Procedures and Appointments: All licensed health care facilities and health care providers may resume CMS Tier 2 elective and nonurgent medical procedures and appointments on May 20, 2020, and CMS Tier 1 as prioritized by the health care facility provided all of the following measures are in place:

Florida

There are currently no restrictions on elective medical procedures. Previously, E.O. 72 on March 3, 2020, imposed a prohibition on elective medical procedures but was removed by E.O. 112 on April 29, 2020.

Georgia

Business will begin reopening as early as April 24, and will incrementally open thereafter

Hawaii

All health care facilities shall cancel or postpone elective surgeries and procedures as each facility determines to be appropriate.

Illinois

Illinois hospitals and ASTCs may begin to perform procedures, provided that specific criteria have been met relating to surveillance of epidemiologic trends, regional hospital utilization, the hospital’s own capacity, case setting and prioritization, preoperative testing for COVID-19, personal protective equipment, infection control procedures, and availability of support services, as well as other requirements.

Indiana

Currently, hospitals in Indiana should, where necessary, reprioritize or postpone non-emergent surgeries or procedures using evidence-based criteria. Other than this general order, hospitals are under no other sector-specific mandates.

Iowa

11/16 Proclimation: A hospital must reduce its in-patient, nonessential surgeries to a level that uses at least 50% fewer beds than it did on average during September 2020. 3/27 Proclamation halts elective procedures. 4/24 proclamation allows them to resume.

Kentucky

All non-emergent, non-urgent in-person medical, surgical, dental, and any other healthcare practice or procedure must cease. However, as of May 6, 2020, healthcare facilities have re-opened for outpatient and ambulatory surgery and for other invasive procedures.

Louisiana

Medical and surgical procedures are allowed, but only under the following conditions: 1) To treat an emergency medical condition; 2) To prevent further harms from an underlying health condition; or 3) To address a time sensitive medical or dental condition.

Maine

The Maine CDC initially recommended postponing elective medical procedures on March 15, when the state's first emergency declaration was issued. Governor Mills’ Plan for Restarting Maine’s Economy gradually and safely allows for certain health care services to reopen in Stage One. This includes: “Health care from Maine licensed providers, with a recommendation that they prioritize care for patients with time-sensitive conditions; assure the safety of patients, staff, and communities; manage the use of essential resources such as personal protective equipment and testing supplies; and pace reopening services to the level of community COVID-19 activity, maintaining capacity in our hospitals for potential outbreaks.”

Massachusetts

Massachusetts hospitals were ordered to postpone elective procedures starting 12/27/22. If a hospital can maintain at least 15% available staffed medical-surgical and intensive care unit bed capacity, then that hospital is exempted from the ban.

Michigan

EO 2020-17 originally imposed temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures beginning March 21 and was rescinded by EO 2020-96 effecting May 28. EO 2020-17 and EO 2020-96 were rescended as of 10/13/20.

Minnesota

Requiring Facilities to Prioritize Surgeries and Procedures and Provide Safe Environment during COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency

Mississippi

Requires that hospitals in 9 counties must maintain a 10% capacity limit for covid-19 patients, otherwise elective procedures must be delayed.

New Hampshire

Establishes that businesses that are not considered essential must temporarily close unless work can be doen remotely.

New Jersey

In New Jersey, there are currently no restrictions on the provision of elective medical procedures.

New Mexico

Establishes that all hospitals and other health care facilities, ambulatory surgical facilities, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices in the State of New Mexico are prohibited from providing non-essential health care services, procedures, and surgeries, except under the conditions listed.

New York

New York has permitted hospitals to resume elective surgeries if certain criteria are met.

North Carolina

Allows elective surgeries and medical procedures to resume. The Health and Human Services Secretary had requested providers to voluntary suspend such procedures beginning March 23.

North Dakota

North Dakota has placed no restrictions on the provision or obtainment of elective medical procedures.

Ohio

March 17 Director's Order non-essential surgery. Beginning May 1, 2020, all medically necessary procedures that do not require an overnight stay in a healthcare facility or do not require inpatient hospital admission and minimize use of personal protective equipment may move forward. This includes non-urgent doctor visits, well-care checks, well-baby visits, outpatient surgeries, imaging procedures, and diagnostic tests. Dental services and veterinary services may also proceed if a safe environment can be established. At a later date yet to be determined, other health care services, including those that require an overnight stay in a healthcare facility or require inpatient hospital admission, will also proceed.

Oklahoma

Allows elective surgeries to be reinstated as of April 24, 2020.

Oregon

EO 20-10 required all elective and non-urgent procedures to be postponed until June 15 to conserve PPE. This included procedures at hospitals, ASCs, outpatient clinics, dental clinics, and veterinary clinics. EO 20-10 was resinded by EO 20-22 and elective and non-urgent procedures were allowed to resume on May 1.

Pennsylvania

Hospitals may begin to allow elective admissions and may begin performing elective surgeries and procedures if the hospital makes an affirmative decision that it is able to do so without jeopardizing the safety of patients and staff or the hospital's ability to respond to the COVID-19 emergency. In determining whether a hospital is able to support elective admissions, surgeries and procedures, the hospital must review the Joint Statement issued by the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Association of perioperative Registered Nurses, and American Hospital Association and consider the operational guidance described therein. The Department of Health issued a memorandum to acute care hospitals outlining expectations to care for Pennsylvanians who need care during the pandemic. Hospitals are to work through the established health care coalitions and other partnerships to prepare for how they will support one another in the event that a hospital becomes overwhelmed during the pandemic. Hospitals should also be working to move up elective procedures necessary to protect a person’s health and prepare to suspend them if our health care system becomes strained. On November 23, the Department Required a temporary reduction in elective surgeries and procedures in regions heavily affected by the pandemic or other health care conditions.

Rhode Island

Currently, there are no restrictions on the provision of elective medical procedures in Rhode Island.

South Dakota

There are no restrictions on the operation (receipt or performance) of elective medical procedures in South Dakota.

Tennessee

Extended the ban on non emergency medical and dental procedures from April 13 until April 30th. Elective procedures resumed May 1.

Texas

Relating to hospital capacity during the COVID-19 disaster. Allows elective surgeries unless a facility is located in an area with high hospitalizations. Requires hospitals to reserve 10% of capacity for COVID. Hospital systems need not keep 10% in each facility provided they reserve 10% of all beds for COVID.

Utah

Requires all elective surgeries to be postponed

Vermont

Vermont largely has allowed the resumption of clinic visits, diagnostic imaging and such outpatient surgeries and procedures that have a minimal impact on inpatient hospital bed capacity and PPE level, and most other elective medical procedures. The regulatory environment is somewhat unclear, however, because current guidance on these elective medical procedures expired in May 2020. Nevertheless, in effect, it appears that most all elective medical procedures are allowable in Vermont.

Virginia

Although there was previously a prohibition on elective procedures until April 30, 2020, no such prohibition presently exists in Virginia.

Washington

In Washington, hospitals are temporarily restricted from performing non-urgent healthcare services, procedures and surgeries. Order expires on Feb. 17, 2022.

West Virginia

Effective April 20, 2020, Governors Justice released EO 28-20, which outlines procedures for allowing hospitals to resume elective medical procedures.

Wyoming

The Wyoming Department of Health and Governor’s Office have yet to prohibit elective procedures through statewide orders; however, hospitals and providers are encouraged to follow guidance from CMS and CDC that recommended suspending these procedures in order to preserve PPE and protect Wyoming’s hospital capacity during the outbreak.