Medicare Coverage of Testing for Beneficiaries

Medicare Coverage of Testing for Beneficiaries

CMS announced on Friday 6/19, that Medicare will cover COVID-19 diagnostic testing of residents in nursing homes. This directive will be effective July 6 through the duration of the public health emergency and will cover the following:

  • Viral testing of residents for SARS-CoV-2
  • Initial viral testing in response to an outbreak
  • Recommended testing to determine resolution of infection with SARS-CoV-2
  • Public health surveillance for SARS-CoV-2

This change was announced in this MLN Matters article: and this CMS press release:




Laura Hofmann, MSN, RN – Director of Clinical and Nursing Facility Regulatory Services
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