Additional Requirements for health care facilities

Additional requirements for health care facilities effective December 3, 2020 issued by Gov. Jay Inslee

Proclamation 20-24.2 amends the existing non-urgent health care services, procedures, and surgeries proclamation.


Requirements are increased on PPE use, testing of health care professionals, notifications of outbreaks and distancing requirements in non-clinical areas of health facilities.


There is additional criteria for ambulatory surgical facilities.


These changes go into effect December 3, 2020 and remain in effect through the end of the state of emergency, or until it is rescinded or updated.


The update includes more details and compliance to additional agency guidelines from Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH).


The proclamation allows health care facilities, practices, and practitioners to provide non-urgent health care services if the facilities, practices, and practitioners act in good faith and with reasonable clinical judgment to meet specific criteria and making certain considerations. This is detailed in the resources below.


Important: violating the proclamation could subject physicians to criminal penalties, PCMS strongly encourages our members to review the proclamation.


Resources to help navigate this change:


Thank you to WSMA and WSMGMA for these valuable resources.