July 30, 2021
Waiver Temporarily Eliminates Requirement for Medicare Patients in Hospital to be Under Care of Physician
April 1, 2020
By Michael Powe, Vice President of Reimbursement & Professional Advocacy
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) initiated another round of regulatory relief on March 30 aimed at increasing the ability of PAs, other health professionals and hospitals to deliver needed care to patients during the COVID-19 crisis. These temporary waivers are designed to remove unnecessary administrative and regulatory requirements and provide maximum flexibility to increase access to care for patients.
The regulations will immediately allow for:
CMS is authorized to waive regulatory requirements for federal programs including Medicare, and for Medicare beneficiaries. However, CMS can’t alter or override existing state laws, hospital policies, such as, bylaws or privileging requirements, or regulations in state Medicaid programs.
PAs will need to check their individual state laws and workplace policies to determine how they can best utilize the CMS flexibility. AAPA is encouraging Governors to provide maximum flexibility for PAs to practice to the full extent of their education and experience by waiving physician supervision requirements during this crisis.