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COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions CMA has received during the COVID-19 outbreak. By default, the most recent answers will appear up top. You can also filter the FAQ by category. We will update this resource regularly.

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued guidance that employers may administer a COVID-19 test (a test to detect the presence of the COVID-19 virus) to employees prior to entering the workplace.
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| Categories: Hospital and Medical Staff, Labor and Personnel, Testing
Section 1861(i) of the Social Security Act permits Medicare payment for Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) care only when a beneficiary first has an inpatient hospital stay of at least three consecutive days.
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CMS is waiving the provisions related to telemedicine at 42 CFR §482.12(a)(8)–(9) for hospitals and at 42 CFR §485.616(c) for critical access hospitals (CAHs), making it easier for telemedicine services to be furnished to the hospital’s patients through an agreement with an off-site hospital.
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| Categories: Hospital and Medical Staff, Telehealth
CMS is waiving requirements under 42 CFR §482.24(a) through (c), which cover the subjects of the organization and staffing of the medical records department, requirements for the form and content of the medical record, and record retention requirements, and these flexibilities may be implemented so long as they are not inconsistent with a state’s emergency preparedness or pandemic plan.
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CMS is waiving requirements under 42 CFR §482.13 only for hospitals that are considered to be impacted by a widespread outbreak of COVID-19. Hospitals—such as California—that are located in a state which has widespread confirmed cases (i.e., 51 or more confirmed cases*) as updated on the CDC website, CDC States Reporting Cases of COVID-19 are qualified to waive this requirement not be required to meet the following requirements: §482.13(d)(2) - With respect to timeframes in...
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Pursuant Governor Gavin Newsom’s emergency declaration, and Business and Professions Code §900, the following procedure shall be followed to implement subsection 3 of the Order concerning allowing the use of out-of-state medical personnel to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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CMS is waiving 42 CFR §482.22(a)(1)-(4) regarding details of the credentialing and privileging process. The waiver of these requirements will allow for physicians whose privileges will expire to continue practicing at the hospital.
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Governor Newsom issued an executive order on March 30, 2020, directing the Director of the State Department of Public Health to temporarily waive licensing requirements in Health & Safety Code §1277 and sections 70203(a)(2), 70701(a)(1)(E), 70703(b), and 70705(a) of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations, that pertain to the credentialing and privileging of physicians.
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Similar to the waiver of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), the federal law that requires the provision of emergency medical services, California's version of EMTALA was waived pursuant to the March 20, 2020, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) All Facilities Letter (AFL) 20-26, "temporarily waiving licensing requirements and suspending regulatory enforcement of all licensing requirements." This letter was issued pursuant to Governor Newsom'...
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Only two aspects of the EMTALA requirements can be waived under 1135 Waiver Authority: 1) Transfer of an individual who has not been stabilized, if the transfer arises out of an emergency or, 2) Redirection to another location (offsite alternate screening location) to receive a medical screening exam under a state emergency preparedness or pandemic plan. A waiver of EMTALA sanctions is effective only if actions under the waiver do not discriminate as to source of payment or ability to pay. Hospi...
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