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Clarifying the Governorís Executive Order 20-72
By FCA Asst. General Counsel Kim Driggers   
Monday, 23 March 2020

  Clarifying the Governor's  Executive Order 20-72

Prohibiting Unnecessary, Non-Urgent or Non-Emergency Procedures or Surgeries

and Broward County Administrator’s Emergency Order 20-01

The FCA continues to get questions on the Governor’s Executive Order from Friday since its last Bulletin.  The FCA interpretation of Executive Order 20-72 is that only medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedures or surgeries are prohibited.  This does NOT include chiropractic care.  The Governor’s latest Executive Order falls squarely in line with CMS’s announcement on March 15, 2020.  

Chiropractic physicians can continue to see and treat patients.  Telemedicine visits can continue unabated.  Chiropractic physicians can continue to see and treat patients with chronic and acute conditions, perform examinations, adjustments, physical therapy modalities, and provide treatment services, that do not consume personal protective equipment.  
 
The medical care prohibited under this order is:
Elective or non-medically necessary surgical procedures;
Surgical procedures that can be postponed without putting the patient’s immediate health, safety or well-being at risk;
Medical procedures that would consume personal protective equipment, that can be postponed without putting the patient’s immediate health, safety or well-being at risk
 
FCA will continue to monitor any new Executive Orders and provide more information when available. 

For those living in Broward County, chiropractic physicians are likewise exempt from the Broward County Administrator’s Emergency Order 20-01 issued yesterday, March 22, 2020 (See Section 3(a)).