Temporary Cancelation of Elective Surgeries and Routine Appointments
As part of the University of Maryland Medical System/University of Maryland Baltimore's response to COVID-19, and in coordination with Johns Hopkins Health System, UMMS has canceled all elective surgeries and routine, non-urgent appointments at all UMMS medical facilities until further notice.
Our priority continues to be the safety and protection of our patients and our employees. This decision was made with great care and with an abundance of caution to ensure that UMMS medical facilities have the necessary capacity to treat patients infected with COVID-19.
By delaying non-urgent procedures and appointments, UMMS will also decrease the number of people entering our clinical facilities who may unknowingly be carrying the disease, thereby limiting the community spread of the virus.
UMMS will notify providers, practices and stakeholders two weeks in advance of when regular scheduling of elective surgeries can be re-instituted.
How does delaying these surgeries and appointments help UMMS respond to COVID-19?
This policy allows UMMS to respond more effectively to the increasing patient demands anticipated from COVID-19 by:
- Allowing clinical staff to focus on patients with the greatest needs
- Limiting the community spread of the virus
- Providing flexibility to facilities in preparing for potential increase in patients
How are patients being notified?
Whenever possible, the attending surgeon or provider will notify the patient of their delayed surgery or appointment. When this is not possible, another member of their clinical team will contact you.
How are we determining what surgeries are elective or non-urgent?
We are using an established set of criteria to evaluate which surgeries can safely be rescheduled. The criteria include considerations such as if a delay would cause serious harm to a patient and what supplies and level of care are needed following the surgery.
What is the process for rescheduling?
Our physician practices will work closely with the patient to reschedule the procedure or surgery as soon as possible after the COVID-19 situation has subsided, at least 90 days from the original appointment.
How are we determining what appointments are routine?
Routine appointments include those that are not urgent in nature like annual wellness visits, routine follow-up visits and appointments that do not require face-to-face interaction. In determining if a patient should be seen urgently, clinical staff should consider the nature of the appointment, the relative health and risks of the patient, and if the issue can be addressed over the phone instead of a personal visit.
How far out should these appointments be rescheduled?
Our physician practices will work closely with the patient to reschedule the appointment as soon as possible after the COVID-19 situation has subsided, at least 90 days from the original appointment.