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CMS COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Long-Term Care – Revised 9/10/2021 in QSO 20-38 NH

Posted Feb 22, 20221 min Read

Regulatory & Clinical

It is not unique to have a little confusion with all the CDC, CMS and IDOH changes related to COVID-19 guidance and requirements that just keep coming. Below is a reminder of the last CMS revision related to the requirements of COVID-19 testing for nursing homes.

  • Facilities have two options to conduct outbreak testing, through either a contact tracing or broad-based testing approach. See Table 1.
  • Routine staff testing is based on the facility’s county level of community transmission. The frequency of testing has also been updated. See Table 2.

Table 1:

Table 2:

IHCA encourages nursing home providers to read the entire QSO memorandum for complete details:

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Lori Davenport, Director of Clinical & Regulatory Affairs