To support critical staffing needs in Nebraska’s assisted living and nursing facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have temporarily modified medication aide (MA) training requirements. The Governor’s executive order suspended Nebraska’s 40-hour training and exam requirements for MAs to work in a nursing facility, assisted living facility, or intermediate care facility for persons with intellectual disabilities (ICF/ID).
The facility is responsible to ensure that any temporary MA is competent to provide care or services. The facility should maintain documentation of the individual’s competence. The temporary MA is still required to send the signed and completed application, along with the appropriate fee, to DHHS and be placed on the MA registry. DHHS has provided guidance that:
- If an individual has never been on the MA registry before, once the completed application has been sent to DHHS, the MA can provide medications for up to 30 days without being on the registry.
- This 30-day grace period can be extended for medication aides who have previously been on the registry and are completing a reapplication.
- If county courthouses are closed and not able to provide certified copies of an applicant’s court records, DHHS will process the application based on the criminal background check. All attempts should be made to send certified copies of criminal history to DHHS.
- On average, DHHS is processing edication ide applications (initial, renewals, and reapplications) withindays of receiving the applications in the DHHS office unless the application is not complete.
- Lack of completion is usually due to certified court copies of criminal convictions, sign the application, or competencies as completed on the application.
To in this effort, the Nebraska Health Care Association has created a Temporary Medication Aide 8-Hour Training that satisfies the requirement for demonstration of the ten competencies identified in Nebraska Revised Statue 71-6725, which can be found in Section 5 of the required of the temporary edication ide to submit to DHHS.
The facility will need to competency test each emporary edication ide on providing routine medications by the routes identified in Title 172, NAC 95-005.01, which can be found on the Initial Application under Section 5. Competency kills hecklists