"On October 21, 2018, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) renewed the determination that a 'public health emergency' exists as a result of the opioid crisis. This type of declaration allows federal and state agencies to waive certain funding requirements, make temporary staff assignments, modify certain practices, and modify deadlines. HHS also released a 5-Point Strategy to Combat the Opioid Crisis, designed to help communities fight the epidemic. Prior to the renewal, at least eight states declared a formal emergency, public health emergency, or made a similar type of pronouncement to address this public health crisis at the state level. Several states are currently using the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid coverage and reimbursement policy to tackle the epidemic. [...] This ASPR TRACIE [Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange] fact sheet was developed to provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that affect our audience (e.g., regional ASPR staff, healthcare coalitions, healthcare entities, healthcare providers, emergency managers, and public health practitioners). It does not represent official agency policy, nor is it meant to be all encompassing, but rather it serves as a snapshot of the challenges facing the healthcare emergency field at this time."
ASPR TRACIE: https://asprtracie.hhs.gov/