CMS Sets Path for Resuming Elective Surgeries as COVID-19 Eases

April 22, 2020 by Mandy Qualls

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, For Employers

Last modified April 23, 2020

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Medpage Today, April 20, 2020 — Healthcare facilities should be able to begin performing elective procedures again if they follow certain protocols, according to guidelines released Sunday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Although many hospitals and health systems have quickly set up telehealth services to address non-urgent medical issues, “the reality is that not everything can be addressed by telehealth,” CMS administrator Seema Verma said at a briefing held by the White House’s coronavirus task force, citing breast cancer surgery and cataract surgery as two examples of elective procedures that can’t be put off for too long.

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