NF COVID-19 Mitigation, Response Rule Revised Effective Nov. 28

November 30, 2021

HHSC Long-term Care Regulation has published a revised nursing facility COVID-19 Mitigation and Response Emergency Rule (PDF). It became effective November 28, 2021.

The revised rule:

  • Allows fully vaccinated staff to not wear a facemask or other PPE or maintain physical distancing when they are in well-defined areas that are restricted from resident access in accordance with CDC guidance.
  • Adds that HHSC may request a plan for reducing the number of residents who have Medicaid as a payor source for a NF that has a temporary Medicaid bed allocation increase.