LDH Issues Updated Notice To Licensed Healthcare Facilities And Professionals to Postpone Until Further Notice All Medical And Surgical Procedures

The Louisiana Department of Health Office of Public Health (“LDH”) issued HEALTHCARE FACILITY NOTICE/ORDER NOTICE #2020-COVID19-ALL-007(“Updated Notice”) on Saturday, March 21, 2020 to all licensed healthcare facilities and all healthcare professionals licensed by any board or authority in Louisiana DIRECTING AND REQUIRING any and all medical and surgical procedures to bepostponed until further notice.

There are two exceptions in the Updated Notice to this directive to postpone all medical and surgical procedures: (1) medical and surgical procedures to treat an emergency medical condition defined in 42 C.F.R. § 489.24; and (2) medical and surgical procedures to avoid further harms from an underlying condition or disease.

Healthcare Services, Other than Medical and Surgical Procedures. In this Updated Notice, LDH also (1) directed all healthcare providers to transition all in-person healthcare services to a telehealth mode of delivery when medically appropriate and the standard of care can be met as an in-person visit; and (2) to postpone all in-person healthcare services that can be safely postponed for 30 days.

This Updated Notice was effective on the date it was issued – MARCH 21, 2020.

A copy of the Updated Notice is accessible here.

The LDH previously issued on March 18, 2020 HEALTHCARE FACILITY NOTICE/ORDER NOTICE #2020-COVID19-ALL-006 (“Initial LDH Memo Re Medical and Surgical Procedures”) to all licensed healthcare facilities and all healthcare professionals licensed by any board or authority in Louisiana DIRECTING AND REQUIRING any and all medical and surgical procedures to be postponed for a 30-day period from March 19, 2020 through April 21, 2020 if such medical and surgical procedures can be safely postponed in the medical opinion and judgment of the physician or other appropriate healthcare professional.

A copy of the Initial LDH Memo Re Medical and Surgical Procedures is accessible here.

Written By: Clay Countryman

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