CMS Continues to Allow Hospice Contracted Staff for Nursing Shortage ‘Extraordinary Circumstances’

Situation Report | October 13, 2020

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a notice allowing hospices to continue to use contracted staff, if necessary, to supplement hospice employees in order to meet the needs of patients under extraordinary or other non-routine circumstances.

A hospice in these intermittent and/or temporary situations does not require a waiver or exemption from the State Survey Agency (SA) or the CMS Location. When contract services are utilized, the hospice agency maintains all professional, financial and administrative responsibility for the services.