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Supporting A Trained Direct Care Workforce In Facility Settings During And After The Covid-19 Pandemic

Brief Training & Advanced Roles
February 10, 2021

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued several waivers to address staffing challenges across the continuum of care during the public health emergency, including a waiver to temporarily reduce certain training requirements. This brief discusses this training waiver and how to retain staff when the waiver expires.

Key Takeaways

CMS issued a waiver of training regulations for nursing assistants in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
States implemented the CMS training waiver in a range of different ways.
States and employers must consider strategies for retaining this workforce when the waiver expires

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