When President Trump declared a national state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services instituted changes in their licensure requirements, as detailed in the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Health Care Providers Fact Sheet. While CMS is deferring to individual states on specifics—including on all staff licensure, certification, or registration—the agency is waving many requirements in order to allow healthcare facilities the freedom to make decisions based on the conditions they’re facing. Regulations regarding reporting requirements, patient rights, access to medical records, and telemedicine are among those most applicable to urgent care. For more details read the fact sheet on the CMS website.

Check with Your State to See How Licensing Regulations May Have Changed Due to COVID-19