Sweeping Regulatory Changes Will Help U.S. Healthcare System Address COVID-19 Patient Surge

On March 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an unprecedented array of temporary regulatory waivers and new rules to equip the American healthcare system with maximum flexibility to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Made possible by President Trump’s recent emergency declaration and emergency rule making, these temporary changes will apply immediately across the entire U.S. healthcare system for the duration of the emergency declaration. This allows hospitals and health systems to deliver services at other locations to make room for COVID-19 patients needing acute care in their main facility.

The changes complement and augment the work of FEMA and state and local public health authorities by empowering local hospitals and healthcare systems to rapidly expand treatment capacity that allows them to separate patients infected with COVID-19 from those who are not affected.

CMS’s temporary actions announced today empower local hospitals and healthcare systems to:

  • Increase Hospital Capacity – CMS Hospitals Without Walls
  • Rapidly Expand the Healthcare Workforce
  • Put Patients Over Paperwork
  • Further Promote Telehealth in Medicare

Read more about this new regulatory change here. For more news, tools and resources about COVID-19, visit Quality Insights’ online coronavirus information center.