Emergency and Disaster Instructions
Based on current COVID-19 trends, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, declared under Section 319 of the Public Health Service Act, expired at the end of the day on May 11, 2023.
While some of the changes to many aspects of health care delivery during the COVID-19 PHE will be permanent or extended due to Congressional action, some waivers and flexibilities expired, as they were intended to respond to the rapidly evolving pandemic, not to permanently replace standing rules.
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When a natural disaster, extreme weather or other emergency occurs that affects Medicare providers and the beneficiaries that they serve, special emergency-related policies and procedures may be implemented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). For detailed information on these policies and procedures, please see the following resources:
- For information when an applicable 1135 waiver (PDF) has been granted
- For information on the Medicare Fee-For-Service Emergency-Related Policies and Procedures (PDF) where no 1135 waivers are required