On Wednesday, Governor Inslee released an updated Proclamation:
20-24.2 Requirements for Non-Urgent Medical and Dental Procedures.
This update is a response to the escalating number of COVID positive tests around the state. WAEMA has been working with other stakeholder groups on the language of this document in the last few weeks. The new directives will be effective on Thursday, December 3rd. Please read the attached Proclamation document for the complete language. Proclamation
Practitioners are allowed to continue providing non-urgent healthcare, but only if they meet and follow the procedures and criteria in the Proclamation. Non-urgent healthcare services are those that, if delayed, are not anticipated to cause harm to the patient in 90 days. Non-urgent care is further defined in the document.
WAEMA is asking the Department of Health for an updated draft of their guidance specifically for AEMPs. We would like the new guidance to be compatible with the last few months of information and this new proclamation. We will also be asking for an outline of the “expansion and contraction plan” required by this Proclamation.
Please read and familiarize yourself with the Proclamation. Please also take the time to read any applicable documents linked in the proclamation which contain additional guidance and rules. Contact us with any questions you may have. There is a Facebook thread in the WAEMA discussion group available.
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