Update to COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Specific Providers

CMS has issued QSO-22-15-NH & NLTC & LSC​, which provides an update to COVID-19 emergency declaration blanket waivers for specific providers.   

CMS will end specified waivers in two groups: 

  • ​60 days from issuance of this memorandum - Monday, June 6, 2022 
    • ​Physical Environment  
    • Life Safety Code (LSC) and Health Care Facilities Code (HCFC) ITM  
    • Outside Windows and Doors  
    • Life Safety Code-Fire Drills & Temporary Construction 
    • Paid Feeding Assistants for LTC facilities 
    • In-Service Training for LTC facilities 
    • Training and Certification of Nurse Aides for SNF/NFs 

  • 30 days from issuance of this memorandum-Saturday, May 7, 2022 
    • ​Resident Groups  
    • Physician Delegation of Tasks in SNFs  
    • Physician Visits  
    • Physician Visits in Skilled Nursing Facilities/Nursing Facilities  
    • Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI)  
    • Detailed Information Sharing for Discharge Planning for Long-Term Care (LTC) Facilities  
    • Clinical Records  
Please refer to the memo​ for specific details around each of the waiver categories.