CMS NEWS ALERT May 6, 2020
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released an Interim Final Rule with Comment Period (IFC) building on the agency’s efforts to give the American healthcare system maximum flexibility to respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Below is a summary of resources and information available on the rule. View the full rule .
For more information on the White House Task Force response to COVID-19, visit . Additional information specific to CMS is available at the and
Press Release: Trump Administration Issues Second Round of Sweeping Changes to Support U.S. Healthcare System During COVID-19 Pandemic
The IFC outlines actions CMS is taking to ensure states and localities have the flexibilities they need to ramp up diagnostic testing and access to medical care, key precursors to ensuring a phased, safe, and gradual reopening of America. Read the and for more details.
CMS has updated multiple fact sheets that summarize changes made through regulatory actions in response to COVID-19. View more resources available on CMS waivers and flexibilities .
A full list of emergency declaration blanket waivers for health care providers implemented to date is available . Additional fact sheets include:
- Hospitals and Facilities:
- Service providers:
- Other CMS Programs:
Laboratory and Testing and Resources
CMS is committed to taking critical steps to ensure America’s clinical laboratories can respond to the threat of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses to ensure patient health and safety.
CMS Hospitals without Walls Initiative
CMS is allowing healthcare systems and hospitals to provide services in locations beyond their existing walls to help address the urgent need to expand care capacity and to develop sites dedicated to COVID-19 treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Several changes in the IFC allow additional Medicare payment; CMS has issued FAQs addressing Medicare Fee-for-Service Billing issues.
Additional Resources for Stakeholders
CMS has developed a to help you stay informed on CMS and HHS materials available on COVID-19. Check back often for the most up-to-date information; please refresh your browser often to see the most up-to-date information.
Upcoming COVID-19 Stakeholder Calls
Conference lines are limited, so we highly encourage you to join via audio webcast, either on your computer or smartphone web browser. You are welcome to share this invitation with your colleagues and membership.
To listen to the audio files and read the transcripts for the COVID-19 Stakeholder calls, visit the
CMS COVID-19 Office Hours Call - Thursday, May 7th at 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern
Audio Webcast link:
Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 1181167
Lessons from the Front Lines - Friday, May 8th at 12:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern
Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 877-251-0301; Access Code: 9146779
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