ACS and Other Partners Update Guidance on Postponing Elective Surgeries

I n light of record-breaking COVID cases and additional cases likely due to Thanksgiving travel, hospitals have, once again, begun putting restrictions on elective surgeries. Many hospitals — from Cleveland Clinic, to Mayo Clinic facilities in Wisconsin and Minnesota, to Advocate Aurora Health in Illinois, to St. Luke’s Health System in Idaho UW Medicine in Seattle, UofL Health in Louisville, Kentucky, and more Mercy Health locations— have enacted volume restrictions, rescheduled cases, or outright stopped scheduling cases that required an overnight stay. The alarming rise in COVID-19 cases prompted updated guidance from the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American Hospital Association as well as the Association of periOperative Nurses (AORN) and American Society of Anesthesiologists on maintaining surgeries during the pandemic, an outline originally put out in April.

Hart Health Strategies COVID-19 Resources

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Upcoming Congressional Hearings and Markups

Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing “The Quarterly CARES Act Report to Congress;” 10:00 a.m., 106 Dirksen Bldg.; December 1

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing “A Time for Change: Assessing the Need to Modernize Veteran Eligibility for Care;” 10:00 a.m., 210 House Visitors Center; December 2

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management hearing to examine state and local cybersecurity, focusing on defending our communities from cyber threats amid COVID-19; 2:30 p.m., 342 Dirksen Bldg.; December 2

Recently Introduced Health Legislation

H.Res.1237 — Supporting the goals and ideals of American Diabetes Month; Sponsor: Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.Res.1238 — Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding prioritizing the COVID-19 vaccine for members of the military; Sponsor: Rep. DesJarlais, Scott [R-TN-4]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.8811 — To initiate an inquiry and report on COVID-19 data quality, sharing, transparency, access, and analysis and develop a process to correct inaccurate information reported with respect to the COVID-19 public health emergency, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Finkenauer, Abby [D-IA-1]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

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