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Use these resources when considering use of a field hospital

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June 21, 2020

by Brian Ward

The surge of COVID-19 patients has forced healthcare facilities to find places outside their walls to house patients who test positive for this highly infectious disease. In late March, New York City’s Mount Sinai Health System set up a 68-bed respiratory care unit in Central Park. The city’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center also announced that a 350-bed facility was being built there.

Nationwide, field hospitals are popping up in hotels, convention centers, schools, and even in parks and fields. CMS endorsed this emergency practice in April, suspending restrictions on care venues during the COVID-19 pandemic. The sweeping "Hospitals Without Walls" initiative allows hospitals to bill Medicare and other government payers for providing services in unconventional settings.

There are several factors that need to be considered when designing a field facility, such as infection control, documentation, security, weather, electricity, and heating



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