CMS Provides Guidance to States Surveyors and Providers for the End of the Public Health Emergency

  During the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) waived certain requirements to allow greater access to healthcare products and services for beneficiaries of public health insurance. Several of these waivers, including health and safety requirements for CMS-designated Rural Health Clinics and Critical Access Hospitals, will end when the official public health emergency expires on May 11.  Certain policies, such as the Acute Hospital at Home initiative and telehealth flexibilities have been extended by Congress through December 31, 2024.