State and local government responses to COVID-19 are rapidly evolving and our state government relations and policy team is working diligently to update your practice as new information becomes available. The resources provided below include state-specific legislation, Executive Orders, and quick links to state regulatory entities (State Health Department, Medical Board, Medical Society, Board of Pharmacy, Labor and Workforce, and Insurance Department) providing COVID-19 related updates as well as state assistance for small businesses. For questions and support that may not be found on this page, please contact our state team directly:
Arizona Guidance on Re-Opening Elective Surgery – Beginning April 22, all non-essential or elective surgeries, including elective dental surgeries, that use PPE or ventilators can be performed as of May 1 if they can prove implemented measures of PPE, adequate staffing and bed capacity & testing of staff and patients
Colorado Guidance on Re-Opening Elective Surgery– On April 26, 2020, Governor Polis issued an EO stating that “voluntary or elective medical, dental, and veterinary surgeries and procedures may resume if facilities are following required safety protocols” on the 27th.
Florida Delaying Elective Surgeries to Conserve PPE– Update 5/1: On April 29, Governor DeSantis announced Executive Order 20-112 which allows “Medical services, including elective procedures, surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental offices, orthodontic offices, endodontic office and other health care practitioners’ offices may fully re-open” under the condition of assisting nursing homes and long-term care facilities (FAQ)
Illinois Guidance on Re-Opening Elective Surgery – Update 5/1: On May 1, the Chicago Tribune reported that “The governor’s new order allows certain state parks to reopen and some elective medical procedures to resume, particularly in areas with fewer cases of the new coronavirus,” however, as of this writing, the Illinois Department of Public Health has not updated its previous guidance
Maryland Guidance on Re-Opening Elective Surgery– Governor Hogan released the Maryland Strong Road map to Recovery on April 24, which indicates that elective procedures will resume in “Low Risk” and “Medium Risk” stages.
Update 5/1: On April 30, the Minnesota Department of Health released draft guidance on the resumption of elective medical procedures for comment, indicating that Governor Walz may lift the postponement (Media Source)
New York Guidance on Re-Opening Elective Surgery -Hospitals will be able to resume performing elective outpatient treatments on April 28, 2020 if the hospital capacity is over 25 percent for the county and if there have been fewer than 10 new hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients in the county over the past 10 days
Ohio Guidance on Re-Opening Elective Surgery– Update 5/1: On April 30, OhioHealth announced that in accordance with Governor Mike DeWine’s guidance, it will begin a gradual return to elective surgeries which do not require an overnight stay at all hospital and outpatient surgery centers starting Friday, May 1
Update 4/27: On April 23, Governor Kate Brown announced she will be lifting her order delaying non-urgent procedures for health care providers, as long as they can demonstrate they have met new requirements for COVID-19 safety and preparedness on May 1
Texas Guidance on Re-Opening Elective Surgery– Beginning at 11:59 pm on April 21 and continuing until 11:59 pm on May 8, the order requires that all licensed health care professionals and facilities continue postponing all surgeries and procedures that are not medically necessary. However, the order provides an exemption from the prohibition for: any procedure that would not deplete the hospital capacity or the PPE needed to cope with the COVID-19 disaster; or any surgery or procedure performed in a licensed facility that has certified in writing to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission both, “…(1) that it will reserve at least 25% of its hospital capacity for treatment of COVID-19 patients, accounting for the range of clinical severity of COVID-l9 patients; and (2) that it will not request any personal protective equipment from any public source, whether federal, state, or local, for the duration of the COVID 19 disaster.”
Update 5/1: On April 29, Gov. Inslee announced new guidance that “…gives health care providers more leeway to resume some nonurgent medical procedures that he had halted in response to the coronavirus pandemic.” However, according to local media, “Inslee’s actions don’t materially change his order on medical procedures, originally announced March 19, which stopped all nonurgent medical and dental procedures. Instead, he is issuing new guidance in how his initial order should be interpreted.” (Media Source)