CMS announced that they will allow providers to practice across state lines, to the fullest extent of their license.
Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, CMS has relaxed it’s guidelines several times. In March, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services expanded their telehealth coverage to enable more patients to get virtual care services from their providers.
On Thursday of last week (April 9th), the CMS temporarily suspended a number of rules and regulations, making it possible for providers to practice across state lines at the top of their license. “These changes affect doctors, nurses, and other clinicians nationwide, and focus on reducing supervision and certification requirements so that practitioners can be hired quickly and perform work to the fullest extent of their licenses.”
“It’s all hands on deck during this crisis,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “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.”
For more information, please review this press release from CMS detailing how this may affect you, your facility, and your clients and partners.
Typhoon Data’s primary function is to scrutinize healthcare workers and catch those who are creating problems. But we don’t often have the opportunity to say how grateful we are for the vast majority who are making our lives better. With COVID-19, they’ve taken it to the next level.
With so many unanswered questions, and with so much speculative and incorrect information that has been propagated, I’d like to give a tribute to some who are doing their best to keep the earth spinning – the medical professionals who are the front line in keeping the rest of us safe.
This includes the many doctors and nurses who have knowingly put themselves at great risk of contracting the virus themselves, the receptionists who are sometimes expected from a 30-second call to be able to tell you if you have Coronavirus or that everything is going to be okay. Many of us look to our healthcare providers as experts on a novel disease that we’ve gotten so much contradictory information about.
Our national and local leaders have adopted what we once might have considered severe strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent the overwhelming our medical system. Overwhelming the system could mean running out of bed space, medicine, and other supplies. But it also means overworking the doctors, nurses, and support staff at these facilities. Long hours and high stress can contribute to being more vulnerable to infection and being less able to fight it off.
Even though we’ve “flattened the curve” significantly, the humans taking care of us have acutely felt the effects of this crisis, perhaps more than anyone. And we’re still in the beginning stages.
We can honor our healthcare workers and at the same time, help the cause by keeping level heads and doing the following:
Taking recommended precautions seriously – social distancing, washing hands effectively and often, covering coughs and sneezes, etc.
Avoiding the urge to panic and over consume products others need such as face masks, rubber gloves, and yes, toilet paper.
Being patient when seeking medical assistance. For example, waiting a little longer for appointments, postponing non-essential check-ups, accepting that you won’t likely be able to get tested for COVID-19.
To all healthcare workers currently running toward this disaster: Thank you for what you do. You are noticed and appreciated. Please take care of yourselves as well.
In addition, I’d like to make honorable mentions of a few other unsung groups of people who are steadying the ship: Store managers who are fighting to keep toilet paper on the shelves. Teachers who are struggling with unfamiliar technology to keep educating our children. Lastly, Typhoon Data’s great employees, who are continuing to get the job done from their homes and doing their part to help medical staffing move forward.