Tag: PHE

COVID-19 PHE extended into 2022

The Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra signed an order Oct. 15, 2021, extending the national public health emergency (PHE) related to the COVID-19 pandemic for another 90 days. The order is effective October 18 and lasts through January 16, 2022, unless it is rescinded earlier. The first COVID-19 PHE was declared in […]

Reevaluate use of PHE waivers before they end

Start preparing for a return to operations that will no longer include relaxed requirements brought on by the 1135 and related waivers that CMS put in place during the pandemic. Home health: For home health, waivers that may have proved most valuable and which may be the most challenging to unwind include: The waiver for […]

CMS waives some emergency training requirements due to PHE

CMS is waiving requirements for large-scale emergency preparedness testing for agencies that have activated their emergency plans during the public health emergency (PHE). But some agencies may still have to complete another important emergency training task before the end of the year. Agencies that were due for an “exercise of choice” (see below) in 2020 […]

Innovation center models used by CMS for COVID-19

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced plans on June 2 to change some of the innovation center models to account for the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). As part of this announcement, CMS issued a table which has specific model adjustments related to financial methodologies, quality reporting and model timelines that are […]