The Beginning of the End of COVID-19-Related Emergency Blanket Waivers

by  Aimee L. Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CST, MA, MT
July 19th, 2022

Healthcare providers have been waiting and watching for any sign of the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) and 1135 waivers, but very little has been published about it until recently.

On April 7, 2022, CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Quality, Safety & Oversight Group published REF: QSO-22-15-NH & NLTC & LSC, “Update to COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Specific Providers,” which addresses the initial retraction of certain 1135 blanket waivers specific to:

The termination of these blanket waivers only applies to the above-listed entities and does not have any effect on other blanket waivers that remain in place, such as those specific to hospitals or critical access hospitals (CAHs). The retraction or end to these blanket waivers will take place in two waves, as follows:

Blanket Waivers Terminated in Wave 1

Effective May 7, 2022

Blanket Waivers Terminated in Wave 2

Effective June 7, 2022

CMS will continue to review the need for existing emergency blanket waivers issued because of the COVID-19 PHE and repeal waivers as they deem necessary to improve standards of quality that help to ensure resident’s health and safety are protected. As findings from onsite surveys have recently revealed significant concerns related to resident care, unrelated to infection control such as but not limited to:

Additionally, the lack of necessary training in paid feeding assistants and nurse aids, as well as waived requirements of a physician or practitioner’s performance of in-person assessments, may have also contributed to increased findings of weight-loss, depression, and pressure ulcers, many of which will be rectified with the removal of these 1135 emergency blanket waivers.

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Disclaimer: The above article is the opinion of the author(s) and should not be interpreted by providers/payers as official guidance. For any questions about the content of this article, please contact the author(s).

About the Author: Aimee L. Wilcox is a medical coding, billing, and auditing consultant, author, and educator with more than 30 years of clinical and administrative experience in healthcare, coding, billing, and auditing. Medicine, including coding and billing, is a constantly changing field full of challenges and learning and she loves both. Aimee believes there are talented medical professionals who, with proper training and excellent information, can continue to practice the art of healing while feeling secure in their billing and reimbursement for such care.

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