Correction: COVID-19 Update | CMS Releases List of Nursing Homes Prioritized for POC Testing Instrument

Lisa Volk and Jackie Pappalardi in Clinical & Quality

AHCA/NCAL Corrected their COVID-19 Update and can be viewed in full below.

NYSHFA wanted to highlight that only two NYS facilities in Erie county meet the criteria for receiving the Point of Care testing devices at this time.

Facilities are prioritized to receive a Point of Care testing device based on the following criteria:

Nursing homes that are in hotspots as identified on the “Hot Spots” tab; or

Nursing homes nationwide that have reported any of the following:

  • Three or more confirmed or suspected new cases of COVID-19 in the last week
  • At least one new COVID-19 case in the last week after having zero previous COVID-19 cases
  • Inadequate access to testing in the last week
  • At least one new resident death due to COVID-19 in the last week
  • At least one new confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case among staff in the last week

Note: Nursing homes must have a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) Certificate of Waiver to receive a testing device.

Also note the full information on the Extension of the Public Health Emergency Extension, the Preliminary Provider Relief Fund Reporting Guidance and the HHS FAQ Updates on Auditing and Funds Transfers: 

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that it will begin providing nursing homes with a Point of Care (POC) rapid response testing instrument to bolster each facility’s ability to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The data collected through the NHSN system directly supports this initiative by helping to prioritize those nursing homes with testing needs and an increasing number of cases. CMS has also provided information about their methodology for prioritizing facilities and a listing of the facilities, as well as a list of frequently asked questions.

Other COVID-19 Updates

Public Health Emergency Extended: This evening, HHS formally extended the COVID-19 pandemic Public Health Emergency for another 90 days. Read More

Preliminary Provider Relief Fund Reporting Guidance Released: On July 21, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a framework for more detailed Provider Relief Fund reporting guidance and materials to be released on August 17, 2020. Read More

HHS FAQ Updates on Auditing and Funds Transfers: Today, the Department of Human Health Services (HHS) added FAQs further defining which funds may be moved among TINs and lines of care as well as providing preliminary information on Provider Relief Fund audits. Read More

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Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16