HHS Renews Public Health Emergency, Keeping Key Home Health Waivers in Place

Posted Monday, April 18, 2022

On Wednesday, April 13, Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra 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.

As a result of the continued consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, on this date and after consultation with public health officials as necessary, I, Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services, pursuant to the authority vested in me under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act, do hereby renew, effective April 16, 2022, the ​January 31, 2020, determination by former Secretary Alex M. Azar II… that a public health emergency exists and has existed since January 27, 2020, nationwide.

“Home health agencies, hospice providers and so many other types of organizations have leaned on the PHE waiver flexibilities to stretch clinical capacity and leverage virtual care,” James Lydiard, chief strategy officer of U.S. Medical Management (USMM), told Home Health Care News in an email. “An extension provides additional time to determine what happens when these flexibilities potentially phase out – all while avoiding immediate disruptions to patients.”

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