COVID-19: Federal Regulations

CHA Summary of Interim Final Rule

CHA has issued a members-only summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) interim final rule providing hospitals and health care providers with additional regulatory flexibilities during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The policies are intended to support the health care system in increasing capacity to absorb and manage surges of COVID-19 patients, including the increased use of telehealth to reduce exposure and preserve PPE, increased workforce flexibility, and the reduction of administrative burdens. Notably, the interim final rule does not include provisions of the recently passed CARES Act; CMS is working on additional regulations and waivers to update its policies accordingly.