NJDOH Eliminates COVID-19 Testing Requirement For ASCs and Hospitals, but DCA Has Not For Surgical Practices

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On June 16, 2021, the New Jersey Department of Health (“NJDOH”) updated its guidance, Executive Directive 20-016, on the resumption of elective surgeries at licensed Ambulatory Surgical Centers (“ASC”).  Among other changes, pursuant to the updated guidance, patients no longer have to obtain COVID-19 testing or self-quarantine prior to a surgical procedure at an ASC if the patient has been fully vaccinated for two weeks.  Similarly, patients who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last ninety (90) days before their procedure, completed the appropriate isolation and are asymptomatic no longer have to obtain COVID-19 testing or self-quarantine.  Patients are required to provide proof that they meet the criteria.  Patients that do not meet the criteria are required to obtain COVID-19 testing and self-quarantine. 

NJDOH issued a similar COVID-19 testing update for hospitals, Executive Directive No. 20-018.

The Division of Consumer Affairs (“DCA”) recently revised its guidance, DCA Administrative Order No. 2021-11, regarding office-based procedures, including procedures in registered surgical practices.  However, the DCA has yet to eliminate COVID-19 testing for vaccinated patients or patients who previously tested positive for COVID-19.