End of the Public Health Emergency: What You Need to Know
posted: May 12, 2023
With the May 11, 2023, expiration of the federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, state and federal officials outlined steps that must be taken as part of the operational unwinding. The CMS waivers impacted can be found here.
The Department of Health and Human Services released a May 9 fact sheet reviewing how the May 11 end of the COVID-19 public health emergency will affect the flexibilities the declaration enabled.
This article addresses 12 frequently asked questions that concern many healthcare providers and includes guidance for navigating these changes.
The CDC recommends that health care facilities use a risk-based assessment, stakeholder input and local metrics to determine how and when to require universal masking to prevent COVID-19 transmission. The guidelines continue to recommend universal masking under specific circumstances, including in work units or areas of a facility experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.
HHS is starting the process of ending the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for CMS-certified healthcare facilities as the Biden Administration ends some broader vaccine mandates.
Expiration of Temporary Licenses
All emergency practitioner temporary licenses (identified as License No. CV#######) issued as a result of Indiana’s former PHE declaration and subsequent enactment, are set to expire and will terminate permanently on May 11.