Below are resources to monitor the current response to the COVID19 virus in the state of Tennessee.

Vaccines Update - January 2022

CMS recently issued updated guidance for ASCs regarding the mandate implementation and requirements. Under this guidance some deadlines that were initially proposed have been changed. The new deadlines that CMS will be following are as follows:

  • January 27, 2022: Facilities must ensure 100 percent of staff have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or have been granted (or have a pending request for) an exemption.
  • February 28, 2022: Facilities must ensure 100 percent of staff have received the necessary doses to complete the vaccine series or have been granted an exemption.
  • March 28, 2022: Facilities failing to maintain compliance may be subject to enforcement action on this date and thereafter.

To download the ASC Specific guidance from CMS, click here.

Additional Vaccine Resources

COVID-19 Vaccines

-FDA COVID-19 Vaccines WebpageFDA has rigorous scientific and regulatory processes in place to facilitate development and ensure the safety, effectiveness and quality of COVID-19 vaccines. Visit this page for news and updates on the COVID-19 Vaccine.

-Tennessee Vaccination State Plan

-TDH Expands Access to COVID-19 Vaccinations

-COVID-19 Vaccination- Community Pharmacy Locations

-COVID-19 Vaccination- Community Health Centers

 Resources for Resuming Elective Surgery

FDA Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Testing
CMS Recommendations Re-opening Facilities to Provide Non-emergent Non-COVID-19 Healthcare
CMS Clarification on which tests can be preformed in a CLIA waived setting
AAO Ophthalmic ASC Checklist for Reopening
CDC Guidance for ASCs
CMS Guidance on Restarting Non-Emergent Non-COVID 19 Healthcare
White House Proposed State or Region Gating Criteria
ASCA Statement on Resuming Elective Surgery as the Pandemic Recedes
SAMBA Statement on Resuming Ambulatory Anesthesia after COVID-19
Joint Statement: Roadmap for Resuming Elective Surgery after COVID-19 Pandemic
- Tennessee Hospital Association Principles for Returning to Elective Surgery
- TN Metro Area Restart Taskforce Plan

State Response 

Executive Order No. 27 - Stay-at-Home Order Extended
Executive Order No. 25 - Extended Ban of Non-essential Surgeries
Governor Lee Executive Order - Cancellation of Non-essential Surgeries
- Tax Filing and Payment Extension: COVID-19 Relief
- TDH COVID-19 Response Page
COVID-19 Information Line - TDH has launched a Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Line in partnership with the Tennessee Poison Center. The number is 877-857-2945 and is available daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT.  People with concerns about their health should contact their health care providers.

National Response

ASCA COVID-19 Resource Page
ASCA Free COVID-19 Webinar
Relief for Quality Reporting Program
Guidance Memo -Quality Reporting and Value-based Purchasing Programs
Quality Payment Program COVID-19 Factsheet
HHS Notice of Enforcement Discretion for HIPAA during COVID-19 Emergency
FDA FAQs on Diagnostic Testing for SARS-CoV-2

Waivers and CMS Information program

COVID-19 Emergency Response Service Expansion Checklist
CMS Regulatory Changes
CMS Frequently Asked Questions
CMS Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Cornoavirus Disease

CDC and CMS Guidance

CDC COVID-19 Resource Page
CDC Coronavirus Update Tracker
CDC – Information for Healthcare Providers COVID 19
CMS Adult Elective Surgery and Procedures Recommendations
CMS Current Emergency Portal
CMS Podcast and Transcripts

Guidance from Other Recognized Bodies

American College of Surgeons COVID-19 and Surgery Resources for the Surgical Community
OOSS COVID-19 Response Page
American Society of Anesthesiologists/Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Joint Statement
American Society of Anesthesiologists Clinical FAQs
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons Recommendations regarding Surgical Response to COVID-19 Crisis
ASCA COVID 19 Guidance for ASCs on Necessary Surgeries
AORN COVID-19 Toolkit
OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Economic Issues

Paycheck Protection Plan
SBA COVID-19 Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
Employee Rights Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Posters and Print-Outs

COVID-19 Precautions Poster
Stop the Spread of Germs
Share the Facts
Symptoms of Coronavirus
Stay Home when You are Sick!
CDC Cover Your Cough
How To Hand Wash Poster
CDC Handwashing Posters