Michele Coughlin

PPE  Supplies to be Distributed to SNFs 

Beginning May 3, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) will be distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) push packs to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Distribution of the PPE push packs will begin May 3, 2021. The quantities for each PPE push pack item will be based on the facility’s total number of beds.  Additional information is available in the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) all facilities letter (AFL) 21-13. 

CMS Issues Updates to SNF Waivers 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a memo updating certain waivers for skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs) that were issued in response to the public health emergency. CMS notes that, over the course of the public health emergency, SNFs have developed policies and practices that mitigate the need for these waivers.  
 
Specifically, CMS has ended emergency blanket waivers related to transfer and discharge notification requirements, notification of room or roommate changes, waivers for certain care planning requirement for residents transferred or discharged for the purposes of cohorting, and the waiver of the time frame requirements for completing and transmitting the Minimum Data Set. Additionally, while CMS is not ending the current nurse aide waiver, the memo provides additional clarification and recommendations for nurse aide training and competency evaluation programs.