Has the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency which was set to expire on July 25, 2020 been extended by the Department of Health and Human Services?
Yes. On July 23, 2020 Secretary Alex Azar signed the required documentation to extend the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency for another 90 days. For healthcare providers, this means all waivers and flexibilities granted by CMS which are conditioned on a PHE being declared by HHS will also remain in effect for at least another 90 days. The Secretary can choose to extend the PHE declaration as many times as the administration sees fit.
The formal extension declaration can be viewed at the HHS PHE homepage noted below: https://www.phe.gov/emergency/news/healthactions/phe/Pages/covid19-23June2020.aspx
Lists of active CMS waivers, broken down by provider type, can be viewed by visiting the CMS Waivers and Flexibilities homepage: https://www.cms.gov/about-cms/emergency-preparedness-response-operations/current-emergencies/coronavirus-waivers