CMS Announces Comprehensive Strategy to Enhance Hospital Capacity Amid COVID-19 Surge

December 1, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified December 23, 2020

According to this recent article from, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) outlined comprehensive steps to increase the capacity of the American health care system to provide care to patients outside a traditional hospital setting. This is all due to a rising number of COVID hospitalizations across the country. These flexibilities include allowances for safe hospital care for eligible patients in their homes, and updated staffing flexibility designed to allow ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) to provide greater inpatient care when needed. 

“We’re at a new level of crisis response with COVID-19 and CMS is leveraging the latest innovations and technology to help health care systems that are facing significant challenges to increase their capacity to make sure patients get the care they need,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “With new areas across the country experiencing significant challenges to the capacity of their health care systems, our job is to make sure that CMS regulations are not standing in the way of patient care for COVID-19 and beyond.”

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