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Federal Announcements and Guidance Related to COVID-19

Federal Announcements and Guidance Related to COVID-19

Various federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), have been continually providing new COVID-19 guidance. Please click on any of the category cards below to find the latest guidance and government requirements you should be following.

The American Medical Association (AMA) has also put together a resource describing the major provisions of the stimulus bill (the CARES Act) as well as other fact sheets that highlight the major regulatory actions that affect physicians. Please click here to view AMA's materials.

CMS posted a letter to clinicians that outlines a summary of actions CMS has taken to increase flexibility and reduce unnecessary regulatory barriers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The summary includes information about telehealth and virtual visits, accelerated and advanced payments, and recent waiver information.

ACEP will continue to track federal agency announcements and will update this page with information that impact emergency physicians. You can find ACEP's current federal policy priorities here.

Major Policy Areas

EMTALA

Telehealth

HIPAA

Reimbursement

Licensing and Credentialing

Medicaid

MIPS

Financial Support for Health Care Practitioners

 

Other Federal Updates & Guidance

What ACEP is doing

  • On May 4, ACEP's Regulatory Affairs Director, Jeffrey Davis, gave a presentation to a group of ED physician directors in Colorado highlighting the available financial support options for emergency physicians. Listen to Mr. Davis' presentation and download his presentation with links to helpful resources.
  • On April 14, we sent another letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides $100 billion to the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, reiterating our previous requests and expressing our questions and concerns about the initial $30 billion wave of funding and the associated terms and conditions that health care providers must agree to keep their share of the funds. This follows up on previous letters we sent on March 27 and April 3 to the Secretary.
  • On March 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a plethora of policies and waivers aimed at providing regulatory flexibility to health care practitioners during this crisis. Numerous policies are big wins for emergency medicine—and flexibilities that ACEP advocated hard for. Please find ACEP’s summary of the CMS policies here.
  • On March 24, ACEP sent a letter to Congress requesting financial support so emergency physicians can treat patients, maintain readiness, and be fully prepared for patient surges. 
  • Early in March, ACEP sent every member of Congress and other policymakers a series of key policy changes necessary to mitigate the impact and spread of the virus in the U.S. and support emergency physicians and other frontline responders to the epidemic. These were also shared with ACEP chapters to enhance state-level advocacy on this issue.
  • We also engaged the ACEP membership to send their members of Congress an email urging them to ensure PPE is prioritized for frontline personnel.
  • We recently convened a virtual briefing for Congressional health staffers with several ACEP members from WA ACEP to help inform Congressional efforts on the issue
  • We sent the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, Alex Azar, a letter outlining specific changes and regulatory waivers the Administration could immediately take to better protect emergency physicians and other frontline providers, while increasing access to and improving care for more patients with COVID-19.
  • ACEP President Bill Jaquis represented the College at a White House meeting with Vice President Pence on March 18, where he asked the Administration to consider providing certain liability protections for emergency physicians and others on the front lines during this crisis. Dr. Jaquis noted that limited liability protections have recently been extended to manufacturers, distributors, certain health care providers, and other entities in relation to covered countermeasures. Extending similar temporary protections to emergency physicians will ensure greater ability and capacity to treat more patients.

 

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