COVID-19 Emergency Waiver Updates

CMS Announced on April 8th, the ending of the following waivers that were initiated in response to the existing Public Health Emergency (PHE).

The effective end date will be May 10th, 2021 for the below emergency blanket waivers impacting:

  • Notification of Resident Room or Roommate changes, and Transfer and Discharge notification requirements.

  • Certain care planning requirements for residents transferred or discharged for cohorting purposes.

  • Timeframe requirements for completing and transmitting resident assessment information (Minimum Data Set (MDS).

CMS is providing clarification and recommendations for Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Programs (NATCEPs)

CMS Memo#: QSO-21-17-NH (PDF)

Let's Get to the Point:

There were several waivers implemented in relation to the PHE. CMS has stated that due to the development of policies or other practices during the PHE, the need for certain waivers have been mitigated. These waivers till continue to be reviewed and we will share as we learn more.