Coronavirus: CMS Suspends Rules to Boost Frontline Staff at Healthcare Facilities
April 22, 2020
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has temporarily suspended a number of rules aimed at boosting frontline staff at healthcare facilities battling the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, according to a news release. The release says the changes will affect doctors, nurses, and other clinicians across the country by reducing supervision and certification requirements allowing practitioners to be hired quickly and work to the fullest extent of their licenses through new waivers. “It’s all hands on deck during this crisis,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma says in the release. “All frontline medical professionals need to be able to work at the highest level they were trained for. CMS is making sure there are no regulatory obstacles to increasing the medical workforce to handle the patient surge during the COVID pandemic.