On April 15th, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra acknowledged the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and exercised his authority to extend the Public Health Emergency (PHE) through July 20, 2021.
A link to the official HHS announcement is available here:
All waivers tied to this PHE such as Telehealth for therapy and the 3-day 1135 waiver will remain in place other than those previously ended as noted below.
The below emergency blanket waivers will be ending effective be May 10th, 2021:
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:
Relief is still available through recognition of this ongoing pandemic. When utilizing waivers due to COVID, documentation within the medical record tying back to COVID has proven essential.