The Secretary of Health and Human Services sent a “Dear Governors” letter to all states in early 2021 outlining the plan for the Public Health Emergency (PHE) duration. The HHS Secretary specifically stated:

“To assure you of our commitment to the ongoing response, we have determined that the PHE will likely remain in place for the entirety of 2021, and when a decision is made to terminate the declaration or let it expire, HHS will provide states with 60 days’ notice prior to termination.”

Here is a look at the actual letter:

The PHE was last renewed effective January 21, 2021 for an additional 90 days. Now that SNF’s can be assured they will receive a 60-day advance notification of expiration, we can project out 2 months at a time, even if the PHE does not last “the entirety of 2021.”

Any questions, Just Ask.

In your corner,


Dolores Montero, PT, DPT, RAC-CT, RAC-CTA

Montero Therapy & MDS Compliance Team

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