HHS Signals Intent to Continue to Extend PHE Through 2021
The American Association for Homecare reported that in a recent letter to Governors, Acting HHS Secretary Norris Cochran shared that the Agency has determined that the COVID-19 PHE “will likely remain in effect” through the duration of 2021. In addition, HHS announced that it will provide states with 60 days’ notice prior to the termination date for the PHE.
HHS officially extended the PHE declaration through April 21, 2021. The PHE extensions keep important rate relief measures in effect and relaxes other requirements, including: a Medicare 75/25 blended rate for non-rural, non-CBA suppliers and a 50/50 blended rate for rural suppliers; continued NCD/LCD flexibility allowing expanded use of home-based respiratory products; waivers on face-to-face requirements for some products; expanded use of telehealth; TRICARE rate increases; and extension of state Medicaid waivers and flexibilities.
Watch for on-going announcements from HHS’ regarding the continued duration of the PHE.