Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Launch New Toolkit to Help States Navigate COVID-19 Health Workforce Challenges

COVID-19 Healthcare Workforce Toolkit

The COVID-19 Healthcare Workforce Toolkit builds on the steps CMS has taken to ensure healthcare facilities are fully staffed and equipped to treat COVID-19 patients as efficiently as possible. This toolkit provides helpful information on funding flexibilities, liability protections, and workforce training. For example, state and local communities will be able to see how and where workforce waivers can be applied, based on information from other areas.

The toolkit also provides up-to-date best practices so that healthcare decision makers have a go-to resource where they can see what has been implemented in the field, and how it’s working. The online toolkit includes an assistance center, information exchange of case studies, and additional peer-to-peer communications that can be used to help communities determine the best way to battle COVID-19 based on their unique needs.

The toolkit is housed on ASPR's Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE). TRACIE is a healthcare emergency preparedness gateway that ensures all stakeholders at all levels have access to information and resources to improve preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts.