Below are resources to monitor the current response to the COVID-19 virus in the state of Florida.

Vaccine Healthcare Mandate 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, 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.

-Florida Vaccination State Plan


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
- Gov. Ron DeSantis Re-Open Florida Resources
- FSASC Virtual Live Panel Discussion


State Response 

- Governor DeSantis Executive Order Regarding Non Essential Surgeries 3/20/20
- Florida Dept of Health COVID-19 Page
AHCA COVID-19 Alerts for Facilities and Medical Providers
FMA Clarification on Governor's Executive Order

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

Florida Medical Association COVID-19 Resources
- 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

- DEO Business Recovery Application
- 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