The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency (PHE) effective January 31, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic first appeared in the United States. The PHE was continuously renewed until earlier this year when the federal government announced that the PHE would expire on May 11, 2023. Certain waivers, legislative changes and flexibilities established during the PHE did end on May 11, with others extending through calendar year 2023. Additionally, Congress extended some legislative flexibilities through December 31, 2024, as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023. See guidance issued by CMS here.

Click here for a chart* of all the waivers, legislative changes and flexibilities and their status after May 11, 2023, impacting the following areas:

  1. COVID-19 Guidelines
  2. Telehealth, Remote Evaluations, Virtual Check-Ins & E-Visits
  3. Provider Enrollment
  4. Physicians & Other Clinicians
  5. Hospitals & Critical Access Hospitals (Including Swing Beds, Distinct Part Units, Ambulatory Surgery Centers & Community Mental Health Centers
  6. Teaching Hospitals, Teaching Physicians & Medical Residents
  7. Long-Term Care Facilities, Skilled Nursing Facilities & Nursing Facilities
  8. Laboratories
  9. Hospice & Home Health Agencies
  10. Inpatient Rehab Facilities
  11. Long-Term Care Hospitals & Extended Neoplastic Disease Care Hospitals
  12. Rural Health Clinics & Federally Qualified Health Centers
  13. Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics & Supplies
  14. Medicare Advantage & Part D Plans
  15. Medicare Shared Savings Program
  16. Participants in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program
  17. Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
  18. Ambulances
  19. End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities

*Chart last updated August 2023 to reflect Proposed Rules from CMS.