Comments Requested: Medicare Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

On March 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an array of temporary regulatory waivers and new rules in response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. CMS’s actions are designed to increase hospital capacity, rapidly expand the health care workforce, and further promote telehealth in Medicare. This interim final rule with comment period includes updates specific to rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers. A full list of CMS waivers and flexibilities for COVID-19 response is available online.  Comments are due on June 1, 2020.