COVID Public Health Emergency Extended Again

October 15, 2021
Rick Gawenda

On October 15, 2021, Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra renewed the Public Health Emergency (PHE) due to COVID-19. The new expiration date of the PHE is the end of the day on January 15, 2022.

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  1. Does this mean that the on premise supervision for PTA will be suspended until the end of 2022 due to the health emergency being extended into 2022

      1. Rick, can you please post a resource that states that on premise supervision is suspended under the health emergency. I am unable to find it under CMS or FCSO, our contractor. Thank you, Jodi

  2. I knew of some in-home occupational therapy private practices (billing Medicare Part B with CMS 1500 forms) in New York State that used COTAs without direct supervision – only general supervision – before the Public Health Emergency. I heard that NYS law permitted this but doesn’t federal law supersedes. Could you help clarify this? Thanks Rick!