In consideration of the changing landscape relating to COVID-19, the NYSSPS recommends that members keep apprised of the current restrictions in their counties as they relate to elective procedures in office, ambulatory surgery centers and hospital settings. If there are questions, please consult with legal counsel.
Garfunkel and Wild P.C., our endorsed legal counsel, is available to our members for complimentary advice.
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4 Recommendations to Mitigate the COVID19 Virus and Preserve Access to Surgery
As the northeast experiences new surges of COVID-19, the Northeast Region COVID-19 Coalition supports specific strategies to mitigate the spread of the virus, while preserving access to essential surgical procedures.
We offer the following 4 recommendations and strategies for your consideration based on the lessons we learned in maintaining surgical care during the past nine months.
GUIDELINES FOR RESTARTING ELECTIVE SURGERY POST COVID-19
The Northeast Region COVID-19 Coalition is comprised of members from the Connecticut Society of Plastic Surgeons (CTSPS), Massachusetts Society of Plastic Surgeons (MSPS), New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgeons (NJSPS), New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons (NYRSPS), New York State Society of Plastic Surgeons (NYSSPS), Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons (NESPS), and Robert H. Ivy Pennsylvania Plastic Surgery Society (IVY). These guidelines are also endorsed by the New England Society of Plastic Surgeons (NESPRS).
The Northeast region is fairly diverse in how it has been impacted by COVID-19. With that said, Non-COVID-19 care should be offered to patients as clinically appropriate and within a state, locality, or facility that has the resources to provide such care and the ability to quickly respond to a subsequent surge in COVID-19 cases, if necessary.
COVID-19 Telemedicine Resources
New York State Department of Health Coronavirus Information for Providers - Providing up-to-date information about the COVID-19 outbreak for NYS healthcare providers, including:
NYS has a coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065. The New York State Department of Health has established a provider email account for physicians to ask questions about COVID-19: Covidproviderinfo@health.ny.gov
COVID-19 is a reportable disease. Notify the local county health department (LHD) where the patient resides.
COVID-19 Resource Center for Healthcare Professionals
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak
Free Patient Communication Resources
CDC offers free resources including video, fact sheets, and posters.
World Health Organization - Coronavirus
Environmental Protection Agency - Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against COVID-19