The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) recently updated its roadmap for the eventual end of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) for health care providers. The public health emergency was initially declared in January 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic began.
While the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has not announced its intention to end the PHE, it encourages providers to prepare for the end of the PHE, which is currently set to expire on October 15.
Many of the waivers and flexibilities that were critical to respond to the pandemic will terminate when the PHE ends. CMS continues to update its resources and materials to help providers with the transition from the PHE. For more information on COVID-19 blanket waivers, click here and for additional resources.
As a reminder, a wide array of waivers and flexibilities that have been issued by HHS in response to COVID-19, including the scale-up of telehealth visits, emergency approval of new drugs and tests, and new flexibility for government-run health insurance programs will end when the federal public emergency ends.