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Pennsylvania ASFs Reopening!!!


In an initial sign that private medical practices may begin resuming their normal operations, the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued Guidance, permitting ambulatory surgery facilities (ASFs) to resume performing elective surgeries and procedures “if the ASF makes an affirmative decision that it is able to do so without jeopardizing the safety of patients and staff or the ASF’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 emergency”.

The Department of Health further clarified that in making such decision “the ASF must review the Joint Statement issued by the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Association of perioperative Registered Nurses, and American Hospital Association and consider the operational guidance described therein to the extent applicable to ASFs. ASFs that provide pediatri


c treatment and care should additionally review the guidance from the Children’s Hospital Association of the United States, to the extent applicable to ASFs, when determining whether to proceed with pediatric elective surgeries and procedures. ASFs must comply with the PSRS reporting requirements described in the [Guidance] if the ASF intends to resume elective procedures and surgeries pursuant to this guidance. ASFs do not need approval from the Department to begin performing elective surgeries or procedures.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to learn more about the recent Guidance and how it may affect your practice.

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