Infectious diseases

Infectious diseases

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Active waivers and flexibilities related to this event can be found at: 

The Public Health Service Act was used to declare a public health emergency (PHE) in the entire United States on January 31, 2020 giving us the flexibility to support our beneficiaries, effective January 27, 2020.  The PHE was renewed on April 21, 2020July 23, 2020October 2, 2020January 7, 2021,  April 15, 2021July 19, 2021,  October 15, 2021January 7, 2022April 12, 2022 effective April 16, 2022, July 15, 2022October 13, 2022January 11, 2023, and February 9, 2023. When the national emergency was declared on March 13, 2020, we took action nationwide to aggressively respond to COVID-19When a national emergency was declared on March 13, 2020, we took action nationwide to aggressively respond to COVID-19

The links below provide information on past COVID-19 guidance. 

For Healthcare Facilities
For Labs
Survey & Certification Guidance


Other Guidance Documents
Telehealth guidance:
Clinical & technical guidance:
Billing & coding guidance:
Survey & certification guidance:
Coverage guidance:
Provider enrollment guidance:
Marketplace plan guidance:
Medicare Advantage and Part D plan guidance:
Consumer information:

Zika virus outbreak (2016)

A member of the virus family Flaviviridae, Zika virus (ZIKV) is spread by daytime-active Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Zika virus is related to the Dengue, Yellow Fever, Encephalitis, and West Nile viruses. Since the 1950s, it has been known to occur within a narrow equatorial belt from Africa to Asia. From 2007 to 2016, the virus spread eastward, across the Pacific Ocean to the Americas, leading to the 2015–16 Zika virus epidemic.

On January 18, 2017, CMS announced $66.1 million in funding to health departments in American Samoa, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Florida to help combat the Zika virus. (PDF)

The links below provide information on the Health and Human Services (HHS) Public Health Emergency Declaration and its subsequent renewal.  Additional information on the ZIKV is found in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) link, found in the Related Link section. 

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