Updates for Outpatient Surgery Centers Regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)


March 23, 2020 at 9am

On March 20, 2020 all ASCs in North Carolina should have received a letter from Roy Cooper and Mandy Cohen, MD Secretary of NCDHHS. The letter requested that effective March 23, 2020, all ASCs suspend all elective and non-urgent procedures. Although there is a potential miscommunication in the letter, it is our belief that the intent was to state that urgent procedures are those that, if not done within the next 4 weeks, would cause harm to the patient. ASCs that remain open must determine for themselves which procedures in their scopes of service would likely cause harm to the patient within 4 weeks if not completed.

March 18, 2020 at 12n

AAAHC emailed accredited organizations yesterday, Tuesday, March 17th. Information provided included:

  • All reaccreditation surveys scheduled for March 18, 2020 through May 1, 2020 will be postponed.

  • At this time all initial surveys will continue as scheduled unless the center is closed

  • At this time there will be no negative consequences for surveys that happen after accreditation expiration dates.

  • Organizations with upcoming surveys should report number of persons under investigation and number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 and interruptions in service lasting more than 30-days.

Helpful Links

Updated March 20, 2020 at 12n

Below are links that may be helpful as your facility decides what action to take in response to COVID-19.

  • Link to CDC COVID-19 page

  • Link to WHO COVID-19 page

  • Link to CMS Elective Procedure Recommendations

  • Link to NCDHHS COVID-19 page

  • Link to TDH COVID-19 page

  • Link to VDH COVID-19 page

  • Link to the AHA letter to the Surgeon General

  • Link to American College of Surgeons Recommendationd

  • Consult your county's human services department for local guidance. Here are links to the HHS pages for some of our more populous counties:

Please email hello@greyandco.com to notify us if your center is rescheduling procedures or closing completely. 


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