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CMS Temporary Regulatory Waivers

CMS yesterday issued a number of temporary regulatory waivers to provide hospitals and other health care providers with flexibility to respond to the COVID-19 health emergency. The changes cover issues such as hospital capacity expansion options, ASCs providing hospital services, ambulance transport, COVID-19 testing locations, workforce support, and telehealth. CMS’s fact sheet for Physicians and Other Clinicians describes many of the changes most relevant to physician practices, including additional Medicare telehealth changes, blanket Stark Law waivers, and changes in supervision requirements.

For more details, see CMS’s press release and fact sheet, or review the actual waivers and flexibilities on the CMS website.

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