Public Health Emergency Extended

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.