On April 30, 2020, CMS released its Interim Final Rule, with comment, which contained revisions to its blanket waivers. The revisions added new flexibilities for healthcare providers who service Medicare, Medicaid, and the Basic Health Program, as well as Exchange beneficiaries needing increased flexibility to respond effectively to the spread of COVID-19. Among these changes included is tremendous access to COVID-19 diagnostic testing, accessibility to expanded Telehealth services and application, and removal of barriers for physicians and other clinicians. The changes are meant to ensure that local health systems have adequate capacity to handle patients through the implementation of the CMS Hospital Without Walls Initiative, which involves temporary site expansions.
As such, we have highlighted some of the principal points of the new Interim Final Rule and accompanying blanket waivers.