Recently, CMS has been sending updates and documents regarding the preparation for the end of the Public Health Emergency, and because of that, the thought of the declaration ending in October was going to be a reality.
In an announcement made by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Public Health Emergency has been extended for an additional 90 days. On October 13, a declaration was signed to extend the Public Health Emergency to January 11, 2023.
Should it expire on January 11, 2023, note that 1135 waivers will also expire, except for the Telehealth option for the Face-to-Face encounters for both Home Health and Hospice.
As a reminder, especially for Home Health agencies, there is a key component that many agencies have been utilizing, which includes therapists performing the Start of Care and Comprehensive Assessment even if nursing is ordered, as long as the order includes therapy. That is a beneficial option for agencies during this time of being short-staffed due to the volume of care that is required to be provided.
Remember if the Public Health Emergency ends on January 11, 2023, all 1135 waivers will expire except for the Telehealth Face-to-Face encounters option.
We are very appreciative of all the amazing care that all agencies have continued to provide to patients during this very difficult time. If there is anything that Healthcare Provider Solutions can do for you, let us know.
The National Association for Home Care and Hospice conference in Saint Louis, Missouri begins October 23. HPS is excited to be a sponsor, exhibitor and speakers for this event. There is still time to register! We hope to see you there! You can register by clicking here.