The Return of SurgeryPosted on: May 22, 2020
According to “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery,” otherwise known as Executive Order 20-112, Governor DeSantis and the Florida government have set conditions on what may be deemed acceptable for moving forward with medical procedures of a non-essential nature.
A hospital ambulatory surgical center, office surgery center, dental office, orthodontic office, endodontic office, or other health care practitioners’ office in the State of Florida may perform procedures… only… If the facility has the capacity to immediate convert additional facility-identified surgical and intensive care beds for treatment of COVID-19 patients in a surge capacity situation, if the facility has adequate personal protective equipment to complete all medical procedures and respond to COVID-19 treatment needs, without the facility seeking any additional federal or state assistance regarding PPE supplies.
The National Law Review issued additional recommendations for Florida hospital workers taking on this return of surgical procedures, that they “remain prepared” for the possibility of restrictive measures that might return as well, that they carefully reconcile the terms of their billing in light of COVID-19, and that they maintain all recommended safety measures in the best interest of their patients, themselves, and their facilities at large.