CMS Issues Waivers for Hospice, Relief for Hospices using Telecoms

On March 30, 2020 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an Emergency Declaration of Blanket Waivers and Flexibilities for health care providers.  CMS stated the following about the waivers:  the following blanket waivers are in effect, with a retroactive effective date of March 1, 2020 through the end of the emergency declaration.…

CMS Addresses Survey Suspension, Survey Priorities and Access to Facilities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a memo outlining the suspension of some survey activities and current survey priorities. CMS is prioritizing and suspending certain federal and state survey agency (SSA) surveys, and delaying revisit surveys beginning March 20, 2020 for all certified provider and supplier types. Standard surveys for home health agencies…