Reopening for business means reopening safely. To ensure it is safe for your community to reopen, the White House has established three gating criteria your community must meet. Once meeting the criteria—related to reported coronavirus symptoms, cases, and hospital-care incidents—reopening will occur in phases, prioritizing business posing the lowest risk of infection for their employees and customers.
Phase One allows medical practices in states and regions satisfying the gating criteria to resume providing non-emergent surgical, chronic disease, and preventive care—but only as clinically appropriate, and on an outpatient basis, at facilities adhering to CMS recommendations.1
Even if your locality achieves its gating criteria, returning your practice to full strength—whether you've been treating patients throughout the pandemic or were temporarily closed—requires more than just flipping a switch.
CMS published a guide, Opening Up America Again: Re-opening Facilities to Provide Non-emergent Non-COVID-19 Healthcare: Phase I, detailing the precautions health care providers should take as they prepare to reopen. These precautions are suggested for all health care providers, regardless of whether your practice is treating COVID-19 patients, or whether you're in primary care or a specialist or a surgery center.
When your practice reopens, it could look much different than it did before the outbreak, due to:
Just released on June 8th: CMS Recommendations for Re-Opening Facilities to Provide Non-emergent Non-COVID-19 Healthcare for Phase II.
Download CMS Phase II Recommendations
We can help you embrace these changes. Health care is always evolving, and Henry Schein Medical is your partner to keep stride with the latest innovations—as well as the unforeseen challenges—unique to health care. View our resources and information below on how to safely reopen and best serve your patients and community.
Learn how Henry Schein Medical can help you meet CMS' recommendations for reopening.
Learn some of the important changes you may have to enact in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines—and how we can help.
Ensure you're prepared to test patients and staff for COVID-19, regardless of the type of care you provide.
CMS has established important protocols related to screening, sanitation, PPE, and training.