CMS Sets Timelines for Modifying, Phasing Out COVID Waivers

Posted February 8, 2023

CMS has offered further guidance on what rules will change when the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) ends on May 11.

Generally, the temporary leniencies and waivers will expire with the federal declaration. Some will continue in a modified form or end within different time frames to give providers a chance to catch up. Others have been extended through acts of Congress, though the CMS waivers themselves will terminate.

“At present, the administration’s plan is to extend the emergency declarations to May 11, and then end both [the COVID-19 national emergency and public health emergency] on that date,” the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently indicated in a statement. “This wind-down would align with the Administration’s previous commitments to give at least 60 days’ notice prior to termination of the PHE.”

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