The COVID-19 federal public health emergency (PHE) declaration has been renewed eight times over the past two years since first being issued on January 31st, 2020. Currently set to expire on July 16th, 2022, industry opinion is split on how much longer the federal declaration will continue.
Throughout the pandemic, both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and the department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have repeatedly committed to providing a 60-day notice before allowing the PHE to finally expire in order to wind down pandemic related policies and flexibilities. Since the deadline for providing a 60-day notice ahead of the current expiration date has passed as of May, it is anticipated that HHS will renew the PHE at least once more to push the declaration out until at least mid-October.
We suggest that healthcare providers start to consider what impact the end of the PHE will have on their practices in order to plan for a successful transition into a post-PHE landscape.
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