DOH: In Response to COVID-19 - CMS Has Released a Waiver to Address the High Need for Paid Feeding Assistants in Nursing Homes

Jackie Pappalardi and Lisa Volk in Clinical & Quality

Due to the immediate and critical needs in skilled nursing facilities related to COVID-19, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has received a waiver from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of the eight (8) hour training requirement for Feeding Assistants. The feeding assistant must work under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN). The facility must maintain a record of all Feeding Assistants who have successfully completed training and proven competency under this advisory


Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15