POSTED ON MONDAY, July 27, 2020 

Alex Azar, the Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) signed an extension of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) on Thursday, July 23, extending enforcement and payment flexibilities affecting home health, hospice, and other health care stakeholders. The extension is good through October 23, 2020.

“As a result of the continued consequences of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, on this date and after consultation with public health officials as necessary, I, Alex M. Azar II, 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 July 25, 2020, my January 31, 2020, determination that I previously renewed on April 21, 2020, that a public health emergency exists and has existed since January 27, 2020, nationwide,” Azar attested in the extension order.

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