Providers, Congress ratchet up pressure on CMS to extend nurse-aide certification waiver

Ken BellLTC News, PBJ News

McKnights (09/14/2022) – Members of Congress from both major parties last week asked Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to support flexibilities to help with the nation’s long-term care facilities staffing crisis.

A group of 14 legislators asked CMS in a letter to encourage passage of The Building America’s Healthcare Workforce Act. The proposed legislation would extend the 1135 waiver flexibilities for a period of 24 months upon the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration. The current statute gives nurse-aide applicants only four months to complete training once the PHE ends. Full story »