On April 19, 2020, CMS released Recommendations for Re-opening Facilities to Provide Non-emergent Healthcare: Phase I to support facilities and clinicians as they begin re-opening facets of health care services that had been paused during the public health emergency. Decisions for reopening must include careful planning and considerations for:
- Adequate facilities, workforce, testing, and supplies
- Adequate workforce across phases of care (i.e. availability of clinicians, nurses, anesthesia, pharmacy, imaging, pathology support, and post-acute care)
In conjunction with guidance from DOH, facilities should continually monitor their region for risk of incidence and should be prepared to cease non-essential procedures in event of resurgence.
CMS published additional recommendations for providing non-emergent health care as states begin to stabilize and demand for COVID-19 care diminishes. A state or region may proceed to Phase II once it has been determined that there is no evidence of rebound and that Gating Criteria (symptoms, cases, and hospitals) has been satisfied.
You can find the recommendations below: