January 14, 2022
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must extend the federal public health emergency (PHE) related to COVID-19 every 90 days to maintain certain health care flexibilities and waivers. The PHE has been in place since January 27, 2020, and has been renewed several times during the course of the pandemic. The latest HHS extension for the PHE is effective January 16, 2022, through April 16, 2022.
With each extension, numerous flexibilities and waivers remain in effect, including Medicare telehealth coverage of audiology and speech-language pathology services and relaxed Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements.
Clinicians should be aware that states may have different dates for ending local PHEs. This means that temporary state licensing, Medicaid, commercial insurance, and local education agency expansions and flexibilities could end at different times than the federal PHE.
ASHA will post updates on the status of the PHE to this page and will advocate for another 90-day extension, if circumstances warrant.
ASHA provides information regarding coverage of telepractice services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact email@example.com for additional information.
See previous updates on the PHE from 2020-2021: