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Executive Order 2020-17 FAQs (No longer effective)

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Executive Order, No. 2020-17:

Temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures


Q:  Does this order prevent a licensed medical provider from performing an outpatient procedure if the provider determines that doing so is necessary to preserve the health and safety of the patient?

 A: Under the order, licensed medical providers have the responsibility to use their best clinical judgment to determine whether procedures are necessary to preserve the health and safety of their patients, such that the procedures should not be postponed.  Postponement plans adopted by facilities under the order must allow for this exercise in judgment, consistent with the terms of the order.