ALTSA: NH #2020-064

ALTSA: NH #2020-064

QSO-20-37-CLIA, NH AND QSO-20-38-NH Regarding Rule Changes to Require COVID-19 Testing and Guidance

On August 3, 2020, RCS released an administrator letter (#020-049) informing you of two announcements made by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). On July 14, 2020, HHS announced (press release) an initiative to send rapid point-of-care (antigen based) testing instruments and tests to nursing homes. Building on the anticipated increased testing capacity, on July 22, 2020, HHS announced (press release) mandatory weekly testing for nursing home residents and staff under certain conditions. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provided more information about the required testing with QSO-20-37-CLIA, NH and QSO-20-38-NH. CMS released both memos on August 26, 2020.  See full letter here.




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