On Thursday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) issued a memorandum to State Survey Agency Directors announcing that COVID-19 emergency declaration blanket waivers for specific providers will end in either 30 or 60 days. The agency is restoring training requirements for nurse aides in SNF, ending waivers and other provisions affecting doctors, discharge requirements, and the special use of rooms and buildings.
Blanket waivers for hospitals and certain other entities will remain in effect to allow those facilities to best manage surges in COVID infections. The CMS memorandum, QSO-22-15-NH & NLTC & LSC
, provides details regarding which of the waivers put in place in response to the COVID-19 national Public Health Emergency (PHE) will end in the near future.