Reed Smith Client Alerts

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published guidance on March 19, 2020, that urged providers to conserve resources by limiting elective surgeries as well as nonessential medical, surgical, and dental procedures during the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In its guidance, CMS issued a number of recommendations to assist providers with their decisions on how best to serve their patients whose conditions require emergent or urgent attention to save a life, preserve organ function, or otherwise avoid further harm.

Authors: Lesley C. Reynolds Janine R. Tougas

Following the advice that United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams tweeted on March 14, 2020, CMS published guidance on March 19, 2020, that urged providers to conserve resources by limiting elective surgeries as well as nonessential medical, surgical, and dental procedures during the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

In its guidance, CMS issued a number of recommendations to assist providers with their decisions on how best to serve their patients whose conditions require emergent or urgent attention to save a life, preserve organ function, or otherwise avoid further harm. Providers were cautioned that they must also consider conservation of certain resources, including personal protective equipment (PPE), intensive care beds, and ventilators, in addition to the clinical evaluation of the patient in determining whether to conduct a procedure.