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Exemption to Resume Elective Surgeries Upon Request for Health Care Facilities that Meet Certain Preparedness Standards

As of March 21, 2020, all non-essential or elective surgeries in Arizona, including dental surgeries, were delayed pursuant to Executive Order 2020-10.

On April 22, 2020, Governor Ducey announced that pursuant to Executive Order 2020-32, hospitals, dental offices, and other health facilities can request an exemption from Executive Order 2020-10 and resume conducting elective surgeries on May 1, 2020, if they can demonstrate that they have implemented measures intended to keep health care workers and patients safe. Facilities that meet the specified standards, outlined below, will need to receive approval from the Department of Health Services before resuming elective surgeries.

A hospital or healthcare facility who receives an exemption from Executive Order 2020-10 to begin elective or non-essential surgeries will not be eligible to request or receive PPE distributed by the state or county health departments.

Health care facilities and providers who wish to resume elective, non-essential surgeries must complete the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) attestation form. ADHS will then send an email acknowledging receipt (which should be retained for one year) and the health care facility or provider may resume elective, non-essential surgeries provided that it continues to meet the conditions of the Executive Order.

Government or Lead Agency

Arizona Department of Health Services

Dates Available

Beginning on April 22, 2020 and until further notice, for waivers beginning May 1, 2020

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

Facilities that meet the specified standards, outlined below, will need to receive approval from the Department of Health Services before resuming elective surgeries. Arizona hospitals, health care facilities, and providers, will need to demonstrate:

  • A minimum 14-day supply of PPE;

  • Adequate staffing and less than 80% of total bed capacity occupied, if it is a hospital;

  • Implementation of a robust COVID-19 testing plan to test all at-risk healthcare workers and each patient prior to the elective procedure;

  • Implementation of a universal symptom screening process for all staff, patients, and visitors;

  • Implementation of policies and procedures for appropriate discharge planning for patients who will transfer to nursing care facilities; and

  • Prioritizing the restart of elective surgeries based on urgency.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)

N/A

Contact for More Information

To contact the ADHS call (602) 542-1025 or visit azdhs.gov.

List of Additional Information

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