Prepare now for end of COVID-19 waivers and flexibilities

The Office of Legislation Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is preparing the health care system for operation after the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).

At the beginning of the PHE, CMS used emergency waiver authorities and various regulatory authorities to enable flexibilities so providers could rapidly respond to the pandemic.  Now, CMS has developed a comprehensive and streamlined approach to reestablish certain health and safety standards and other financial and program requirements for the eventual end of COVID-19 PHE.  Most waivers and and flexibilities will terminate at the conclusion of the PHE.  Many already are terminated.

CMS wants providers to prepare now and begin moving to reestablishing previous health and safety standards for and billing practices.

CMS has released a fact sheet to summarize the current status of Medicare blanket waivers and flexibilities, a Health Care System Resiliency fact sheet, and a blog for creating a roadmap for the end of COVID-19 PHE.

Find them here:

Health Care Resiliency fact sheet

Provider Fact Sheets

Creating a Roadmap for the End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency blog