Use OnTrack to Transition Caregivers to Registered Nursing Assistants

A critical COVID-19 waiver allowing Basic Care Aids to serve seniors through the pandemic is expiring; caregivers must be on the Nursing Assistant Registry by Oct. 6.

In an April 7 Memorandum, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will terminate several emergency declaration blanket waivers, including the 1135 waiver that has allowed individuals to work without being on the Nursing Assistant Registry. This waiver is set to end on June 6. However, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has confirmed that individuals will have four months starting from the end of the blanket waiver to complete the required training and certification – in other words, by Oct. 6.

Many facilities are looking ahead to Oct. 6 and are now transitioning caregivers and Basic Care Aides into Registered Nursing Assistants. To help in this process, the LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation's OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training program, powered by EduCare, is available to all members to help get your staff trained and certified before the waiver expiration. OnTrack has new flexibilities to help all providers train nursing assistants, regardless of whether they have their own MDH-approved training programs.

If you are interested in implementing OnTrack, an online hybrid model of nursing assistant training specifically designed for aging services, now is an excellent opportunity to expedite this pathway in your organization!

  • OnTrack classes are online and on-demand
  • OnTrack has anytime enrollment, no class minimums or maximums, and no cancellations.
  • OnTrack includes instructions, guides, templates, and 1:1 support

To learn more about OnTrack, contact Anna Mowry or call 651-425-1110 to schedule your OnTrack demo!

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