HHC Will Renew Public Health Emergency

July 1, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

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

Last modified July 2, 2020

According to an article published by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the COVID-19 public health emergency that was set to expire July 25 will be extended, Health and Human Services spokesman Michael Caputo tweeted Monday night. The extension would prolong the emergency designation by 90 days.

Several payment policies and regulatory adjustments are connected to the public health emergency, so the extension is welcome news for health care providers. “[HHS] expects to renew the Public Health Emergency due to COVID-19 before it expires. We have already renewed this PHE once,” Caputo said.

The American Hospital Association and other provider groups have urged HHS to renew the distinction. Some notable policies connected to the public health emergency include the Medicare inpatient 20% add-on payment for COVID-19 patients, increased federal Medicaid matching rates, requirements that insurers cover COVID-19 testing without cost-sharing and waivers of telehealth restrictions

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