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New Update: HHS NHSN Reporting Requirements

Posted Nov 10, 20201 min Read

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In an updated memo from HHS, the point-of-care testing results are now required as part of the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) system. The HHS memo identifies that “CMS-certified long term care facilities shall submit point-of-care COVID-19 testing data, including antigen testing data, to CDC’s NHSN.”​

To report the point-of-care test results to NHSN, facilities will need to upgrade from SAMS Level-1 access to SAMS Level-3 access. As a reminder, facilities have until November 20th to start reporting Point of Care (POC) antigen test results to NHSN before CMS exercises enforcement discretion. The IHCA/INCAL has received a list from CDC on Nov. 3 of nursing homes that have not yet upgraded to SAMS Level-3. Please review the attached spreadsheet to check if your facility is on this list.

Centers must immediately take action to upgrade from Level-1 to Level-3 to meet this new requirement and avoid enforcement penalties. This process can take up to four weeks, so do not delay.  Click here for instructions on how to upgrade.  If a nursing facility does not have an active administrator listed (column K) or is no longer active (column M), the facility will need to complete this form or contact

Please review IHCA/INCAL’s recommendations for reporting POC test results.