When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the COVID-19 PHE was set to end on May 11, 2023, many providers were wondering how to return to “normal” after leveraging many waivers and flexibilities with great success over the past few years. Earlier this month, CMS released a set of resources and guidance broken out by provider type, which can be viewed here. Today, the Agency announced that it is released an overview fact sheet and will be scheduling stakeholder calls in the near future to help providers with the transition.
Via the CMS.gov Newsroom – February 27, 2023 Media Release:
CMS Waivers, Flexibilities, and the Transition Forward from the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
As part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) ongoing efforts to provide up-to-date information to prepare for the end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, which is expected on May, 11, 2023, we are providing a new overview fact sheet on CMS Waivers, Flexibilities, and the Transition Forward from the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. COVID-19 efforts have been a significant priority for the Biden-Harris Administration, and with the use of whole-of-government approach, the country is in a better place. Over the next several months, CMS will work to ensure a smooth transition back to normal operations.
The CMS Waivers, Flexibilities, and the Transition Forward from the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency provides clarity on several topics including:
- COVID-19 vaccines, testing, and treatments;
- Telehealth services;
- Health Care Access
In the coming weeks, CMS will be hosting stakeholder calls and office hours to provide additional information. Please visit the CMS Emergencies Page for continuous updates regarding PHE sunsetting guidance as information becomes available to the public.