CMS Waives Hospital Submission Deadlines for New and Amended Medicare GME Affiliation Agreements

On June 25, 2020, CMS updated COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers to add a waiver of the July 1 submission deadline for new Medicare Graduate Medical Education (GME) affiliation agreements and of the June 30 deadline for amendments of existing Medicare GME affiliation agreements. That is, during the COVID-19 PHE, instead of requiring that new Medicare GME affiliation agreements be submitted to CMS and the MACs by July 1, 2020 (for the academic year starting July 1, 2020), and that amendments to Medicare GME affiliation agreements be submitted to CMS and the MACS by June 30, 2020 (for academic year ending June 30, 2020), CMS is allowing hospitals to submit new and/or amended Medicare GME affiliation agreements as applicable to CMS and the MACs by October 1, 2020.  As under existing procedures, hospitals are to email new and/or amended agreements to CMS at Medicare_GME_Affiliation_Agreement@cms.hhs.gov, and indicate in the subject line whether the affiliation agreement is a new one or an amended one.

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