Providers may face emergency if PHE ends prematurely: AHCA
An extension of the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration through the end of 2022 is critical to ensure long-term care providers have the necessary resources to respond to the ongoing crisis, the leader of the nation’s largest nursing home association said Tuesday.
The current PHE declaration is set to expire April 16. Federal policy only allows the Department of Health and Human Services to extend it for 90 days at a time. HHS leadership has previously said states would receive a 60 day notice prior to the expiration of the PHE.
Extending the declaration through 2022 would allow long-term and post-acute care providers to continue offering the most “efficient and effective care possible” to seniors, argued Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living.