COVID-19 Emergencies to End May 11

President Joe R. Biden informed the United States Congress on Monday, January 30, that he will end the COVID-19 public health emergencies (PHE) on May 11, 2023, three years after the PHE was first announced. Ending the COVID-19 PHE will alter how the virus is treated, downgrading it from a pandemic to an endemic public…

COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Will Not End in January 2023

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) did not provide states and health care providers with 60-day notice of the termination of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) last Friday, meaning it will not end in mid-January 2023. The most recent externsion of the PHE occurred on October 13, 2022. The PHE dates from…

Public Health Emergency Extended 90 Days

The Biden administration has renewed the Public Health Emergency (PHE) that has been in effect since January 27, 2020 due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released the following statement on October 13, 2022: As a result of the continued consequences of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, on…

CMS Updates COVID-19 Guidance for Surveys, Visitation and Testing

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised the COVID-19 Focused Infection Control (FIC) Survey Tool and visitation restrictions for acute and continuing care (ACC) facilities through a revised QSO-21-08-NLTC memo.  This memo supersedes the instructions in QSO-20-16-Hospice and QSO-20-18-HHA. State survey agencies (SA) and accrediting organizations (AO) have returned to the existing standard…

Tell CMS How to Improve Efficiency, Advance Equity

NAHC will be submitting comments; GO HERE to submit your own comments to CMS To make comment suggestions to NAHC, please email tom@nahc.org Deadline for comments is November 4 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a Request For Information (RFI) seeking public input on accessing health care and related challenges, understanding…

CMS Revises PHE Fact Sheets to Reflect Extension for use of Telehealth to Perform HH, Hospice F2F Encounters

On August 18, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued extensive materials providing guidance related to the planned phase-out of various waivers, regulations, enforcement discretion, and sub-regulatory guidance that were utilized to ensure access to care and give health care providers the flexibilities needed to respond to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE).…

CMS Listening Session with Providers & Suppliers on Emergency Prep

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 1:00-2:30PM ET REGISTER HERE The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking to gather information from health care providers and suppliers on their experiences providing support during public health emergencies (PHE) outside of the COVID-19 PHE. The input and lessons-learned from this session will be used to evaluate CMS…

Congress Seeks Intel on Impact of Travel Nurses on Health Care Sector

Travel nurses have long been a staple of the health care sector, but as the result of the ongoing health professions shortage and the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), use of travel nurses has become a much more prevalent aspect of our nation’s health care delivery system.  In conjunction with growth in the demand for…