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What's at stake when the health emergency ends

Maya Goldman
Jan 24, 2023
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For nearly three years, CMS has given providers leeway on everything from reporting requirements to physical environment standards to patients’ rights during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Why it matters: Some of those flexibilities have already been extended — but unless Congress or CMS renews the others, providers will have to go back to the pre-COVID-19 status quo when the public health emergency ends.

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