CMS Updates Recommendations for Non-Emergent, Elective Medical Services and Treatment During Emergency

April 10, 2020

CMS issued updated recommendations on April 7th for postponing non-essential surgeries and other procedures to conserve critical healthcare resources and limit exposure of patients and staff to COVID-19. Similar to the Kentucky CHFS Order issued on March 23, 2020, CMS recommends limiting medical services that can be deferred, such as non-emergent, elective treatment and preventive medical services for patients of all ages. The CMS guidance includes a 3-tier decision grid: a) Tier 1—Low acuity treatment or service; b) Tier 2—Intermediate acuity treatment or service; and c) Tier 3—High acuity treatment or service.

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