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Nurse Aide Renewal Instructions After September 1, 2018

Tuesday, September 25, 2018   (0 Comments)
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On August 20th the Division of Quality Assurance (DQA) issued a notification to nursing homes, hospitals, home health, and hospice providers indicating on September 1st, the management of the renewal process for nurse aide federal employment eligibility was transitioning from Pearson VUE to Headmaster.


We understand as part of this change, Headmaster and DQA/Office of Caregiver Quality are informing certified nursing assistants (CNA) that if the CNA works solely in an assisted living community, the CNA can no longer maintain their federal eligibility.  They will still maintain their state eligibility and this change does not impact their ability to work in an assisted living community.


This is certainly a huge concern for you and your CNAs and we are discussing these concerns with the Department of Health Services (DHS).  We will definitely keep you posted.  


In the meantime, you should check with your CNAs to see when their federal eligibility expires.  If their federal eligibility expires soon and the CNA wants to maintain their federal eligibility, according to Headmaster, the CNA must work at least 8 hours in a 24-month period (in a federally certified nursing home, intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities, home health agency, or hospice); work in a paid position providing hands-on care; and be under the supervision of an RN or LPN.  Otherwise, to regain federal eligibility, the CNA must retake and successfully pass a competency test.


The CNA should also contact Headmaster to discuss their options -


Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

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