Governor Cuomo Announces 12 More Counties Are Now Eligible to Resume Elective Surgeries
On May 13, 2020, during a press conference, Governor Cuomo announced that 47 New York counties are now permitted to perform elective surgeries in both General Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. Below is a link to the Governor’s press release (the “Press Release”) on this topic: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-12-more-counties-are-now-eligible-resume-elective-surgeries
We are awaiting the formal Executive Order and potential guidance from the New York State Department of Health (“NYDOH”) regarding any steps that ASCs will need take in order to provide these elective surgeries (e.g., case prioritization, patient testing, PPE). Guidance regarding requirements for General Hospitals has already been published by NYDOH. We will continue to keep you updated as we learn additional information.It should be noted that, according to the Press Release, there are several counties in which ASCs and General Hospitals still cannot yet conduct elective surgeries. These counties include: Erie, the five (5) Boroughs of NYC, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester.
A list of the Governor's Executive Orders
Executive orders are a method for the state government to ensure all actions can be taken to respond effectively and efficiently to a state emergency without being impeded by state laws and regulations that ordinarily serve a purpose but during the emergency can often hinder the fastest and best response to an emergency.
The executive order accomplishes this goal by suspending or modifying certain laws or regulations that are listed in the order.