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On May 11, 2020, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued additional COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Waivers for Health Care Providers with a retroactive effective date of March 1, 2020, for the duration of the public health emergency. Specific to nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities, CMS modified the minimum training requirements for paid feeding assistants and certain Life Safety Code provisions.
First, CMS modified the requirements at 483.60(h)(1)(i) and 483.160(a), requiring a minimum of one (1) hour of training for paid feeding assistants, rather than a minimum of eight (8) hours of training. CMS is not waiving any other requirements under 42 CFR §483.60(h) related to paid feeding assistants or the required training content at 42 CFR §483.160(a)(1)-(8), which includes feeding techniques and infection control training. Additionally, a feeding assistant must still work under the supervision of a registered nursed or licensed practical nurse.
CMS is also waiving and modifying specific Life Safety Code provisions under 42 CFR § 483.90(a), as follows: