FAH President and CEO Chip Kahn released the following statement in response to CMS' recently released waivers:
“CMS is to be lauded for stepping up to enable hospitals to treat the surge of patients requiring care during this crisis.
“I've never seen a situation in which hospitals are in such desperate need of both regulatory and financial relief. The waivers recently announced by CMS will give caregivers on the frontlines the essential flexibility to provide every patient the right care in the right setting – whether it is at a hospital or treating someone at home using telemedicine.
“CMS Administrator Seema Verma and her team have been responsive to the crisis and worked tirelessly to help hospitals prepare and cope. Their creative and relentless efforts during this unprecedented situation are helping ensure caregivers are protected and patients have access to life-saving care.
“We look forward to continued cooperation with CMS as everyone bands together to defeat COVID-19.”