CMS grants Florida emergency Medicaid waiver for COVID-19

Modern Healthcare: The CMS on Tuesday approved Florida's 1135 Medicaid waiver request, waiving specific Medicaid requirements to accelerate access to critical services in the fight against COVID-19.

Following President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency, Florida became the first state to apply for a waiver. The state will be able to fast track provider's Medicaid enrollment, waive some preauthorization requirements, waive pre-admission screening for certain assessments for 30 days, provide care in alternative settings and temporarily delay Medicaid hearings and decisions.

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