CMS Extends Exceptional Circumstance Exemption for Hospice Employment of Nurses

In a October 3 Survey & Certification letter, S&C 15-01-Hospice, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) extended the period of time for hospices to qualify for an “extraordinary circumstance” exemption when they believe that the nursing shortage has affected their ability to directly hire sufficient numbers of nurses. The policy will remain in…