CMS published a notice February 2, 2016 announcing an additional 6-month extension of its current temporary Medicare enrollment moratoria for new ground ambulance suppliers and home health agencies (HHAs), subunits, and branch locations in designated metropolitan areas.  The moratoria, which also apply to enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, apply to:

  • New ground ambulances in the Houston and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, and
  • New HHAs in the Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, and Houston metropolitan areas.

The extension is effective January 29, 2016. CMS may lift the moratoria before the end of the 6-month period or announce additional extensions.