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CMS Announces Some Waiver Flexibilities As Ending Effective 5/10/2021

On April 9, 2021, CMS issued a new Memo to State Survey Agencies (QSO-21-17-NH) resulting in an end to a few waivers which were granted under the PHE.

The below flexibilities will end effective 5/10/2021:

  • The emergency blanket waivers related to notification of resident room or roommate changes, and transfer and discharge notification requirements
  • The emergency blanket waiver for certain care planning requirements for residents transferred or discharged for cohorting purpose
  • The emergency blanket waiver of the timeframe requirements for completing and transmitting resident assessment information Minimum Data Set (MDS)

Changes in QSO-21-17-NH were updated on April 8, 2021 and made available to providers via this link: COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health care Providers. Please note, waivers that will end effective 5/10/2021 are found on pages 18-19 of the linked document are in red, strikethrough font

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