The national emergency declaration as a result of the spread of COVID-19 expands the Administration’s ability to implement regulatory flexibilities through “blanket waivers” of generally applicable Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP program requirements. When a blanket waiver is issued, it applies broadly and clinicians do not need to apply for individual waiver protection. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), together with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), has already acted under this authority to implement a number of waivers including:
• Allowing licensed providers to render services outside their state of enrollment for purposes of billing Medicare and Medicaid.
• Temporarily suspending certain enrollment requirements under Medicare, postponing revalidation actions, and expediting pending or new applications.
• Removing the requirement for a 3-day prior hospitalization prior to coverage of a SNF stay and adding flexibility for obtaining renewed coverage for certain beneficiaries who have recently exhausted SNF benefits.
• Extending certain timelines for filing Medicare Parts B, C, and D appeals.
These waivers generally have retroactive effect as of March 1.
Please see additional information from CMS:
This post was first published March 24, 2020 and was updated July 29, 2020.