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Reporting of POC Antigen Test Results to NHSN Changed to Optional

Posted Jan 11, 20211 min Read

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published this updated laboratory reporting guidance on January 8, 2021 that makes is optional for nursing facilities to report Point of Care Antigen testing results via the NHSN module.  You will recall that reporting Point of Care Antigen testing results via the NHSN module was mandatory in a surprise announcement last fall, this new guidance reverses that mandate.

If facilities choose not to report Point of Care Antigen testing results via the NHSN module, then nursing facilities must report this same data to the Indiana Department of Health via this RedCAPS COVID-19 Point of Care Testing Reporting module.  Facilities that desire to work with the Indiana Department of Health to establish a bulk-upload process for this data should read this article on bulk uploads to IDH and proceed accordingly.

Please be reminded that this guidance only applies to reporting of Point of Care Antigen testing results and that nursing facilities must still report weekly data to NHSN for other nursing facility COVID-19 and case data.  QSource can be of help to you if you experience issues with the weekly NHSN data reporting requirement – contact Kara Dawson.

 

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Zach Cattell, President, Indiana Health Care Association