CMS Extends Designation of the Current Nursing Shortage as an Extraordinary Circumstance

Published: 12/27/2018

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Relevant To:
  • Hospice

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) has extended the designation of the national nursing shortage as an extraordinary circumstance for an additional two (2) years – until September 30, 2020. This designation enables those hospice agencies, which are unable to provide a sufficient number of nursing staff directly to meet the needs of its patients due to the national shortage, to utilize contracted staff in addition to their full-time nursing staff.

With this extension, CMS

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