CMS Releases Additional Waivers for Hospitals and Other Facilities

CMS continues to release waivers for the healthcare community that provide the flexibilities needed to take care of patients during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). CMS recently provided additional blanket waivers for the duration of the PHE that:

  • Expand hospitals’ ability to offer long-term care services (“swing beds”);
  • Waive distance requirements, market share, and bed requirements for Sole Community Hospitals;
  • Waive certain eligibility requirements for Medicare-Dependent, Small Rural Hospitals (MDHs); and
  • Update specific life safety code requirements for hospitals, hospice, and long-term care facilities.