What Does the End of a Public Health Emergency Mean?

The national Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19 ended on 11 May 2023.

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The end of the public health emergency brought various changes to the health care system.

Most of the remaining federal COVID-19 vaccine requirements will expire for federal workers, contractors and foreign air travelers.

The government also lifted the requirement for Head Start educators and health workers.

Free COVID-19 vaccines and tests will no longer be provided and will now be covered by traditional health insurance.

The end of PHE also means that many of the existing waivers will no longer exist. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) waived many requirements during the pandemic to allow for flexibility, including a Stark Law waiver, a 1135 waiver, and telehealth coverage changes.

However, HHS announced that many of the flexibility of telehealth will remain in place for some time.

It is important that you ensure that your healthcare practice complies with all regulations, especially those waived during PHE.

It is likely they will face increased scrutiny in future government audits.

We recommend that you review your compliance plan and ensure it is up to date. Now is also a good time to have an audit with your health attorney.

If you need help with a compliance or audit plan, we can help. Contact Rickard & Associates today.

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