April 23, 2020
On April 19, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidelines and recommendations for providers and facilities as they emerge from public health emergency restrictions. These guidelines were released in response to the Administration’s release of Guidelines for Opening Up America Again on April 16, 2020. The Administration’s plan for re-opening America consists of a three-phase process in which restrictions are relaxed gradually.
CMS issued guidance for states entering Phase 1 of the reopening process. CMS continues to recommend maximum use of telemedicine to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and preserve the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). For states considering resuming in-person, non-emergency care for non-COVID-19 patients, CMS is recommending that health systems or clinicians:
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