IRF ToolKit: Apply for a Waiver
During a public health emergency (PHE), HHS and CMS may waive or modify certain Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) requirements. The purpose of these waivers is to ensure that providers who provide services to beneficiaries in good faith can be reimbursed and exempted from sanctions. Some examples of the types of rules HHS and CMS may waive include, but are not limited to:
- Conditions of participation or other certification requirements
- Program participation and similar requirements
- Preapproval requirements
- Stark self-referral sanctions
- Performance deadlines and timetables may be adjusted (but not waived).
- Limitations on payment for health care items and services furnished to Medicare Advantage enrollees by non-network providers
Hospitals can apply for individual waivers for their facilities. CMS says that the information that needs to be provided when you apply for that waiver include a primary contact person, a brief summary of why the waiver is needed, and the type of relief you are seeking and/or regulatory reference that the hospital is seeking to be waived. CMS also states that there is no specific form or format that is required to submit the information.
The waiver request can be directed to the inboxes noted below, with a copy to the appropriate State health department to make sure the waiver request does not conflict with any State requirements. The 1135 waiver issued by CMS applies only Federal requirements and does not apply to State requirements for licensure or conditions of participation. Providers must resume compliance with normal rules and regulations as soon as they are able to do so, or upon termination of the emergency declaration.
AMRPA has created a template for hospitals to use to submit their waiver requests:
Click here to download the template.
We also encourage hospitals to continue to inform AMRPA as new issues arise, and we will update the template waiver request as needed.
Email Addresses for CMS Regional Offices:
- ROATLHSQ@cms.hhs.gov (Atlanta RO): Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
- RODALDSC@cms.hhs.gov (Dallas RO): Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
- ROPHIDSC@cms.hhs.gov (Northeast Consortium): Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
- ROCHISC@cms.hhs.gov (Midwest Consortium): Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska
- ROSFOSO@cms.hhs.gov (Western Consortium): Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Territories.