HSS Continues to Provide Essential Services but Suspends Non-Essential Care
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The nation’s largest provider of musculoskeletal healthcare, New York-based Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), has suspended all non-essential treatments in order to safeguard its patients and staff and support a community response to the coronavirus outbreak. HSS medical staff and facilities are specialized entirely for orthopedics, rheumatology and related disciplines.
Non-essential care is defined as that which is not time-sensitive for medical reasons. An HSS clinical leadership committee has developed a list of conditions and treatments that meet criteria to be considered essential.
HSS is continuing to care for admitted patients, and will provide necessary postoperative and follow-up care for patients who recently had procedures at one of its facilities.
In early February, HSS implemented rigorous COVID-19 prevention measures and accelerated scaling of telehealth and other services for sustained patient care during the widening outbreak.
Wherever possible, HSS is adding capacity to treat orthopedic injuries at its locations in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
HSS is also coordinating with the healthcare community to determine how capacity created by this suspension may be used to help neighboring hospitals provide care that is not related to COVID-19.
This situation-specific policy upholds HSS’ longstanding commitment to do everything possible to safeguard patients and staff, and local communities.
HSS will lift this suspension as soon as deemed responsible.