Effective Today: CMS' New COVID-19 Testing Requirements

Lisa Volk and Jackie Pappalardi in Clinical & Quality

AHCA wanted to share a reminder that CMS’ interim final rule on testing goes into effect today, September 2, 2020. We wanted to call your attention to the resources AHCA has developed to help skilled nursing facilities understand and meet these new requirements. AHCA also shared this in a blog post yesterday which you are encouraged to share with your colleagues.

 AHCA Summary of Testing and Reporting Requirements  

This resource summarizes the QSO memos and the guidance established by CMS for testing and reporting.  

This resource is geared toward providers who are not routinely testing and need to quickly implement a testing program.  

AHCA will host a series of “office hours” with staff experts Dr. David Gifford, Courtney Bishnoi and Jill Sumner to briefly review the new requirements and guidance and answer any questions providers may have. The office hours are scheduled for September 2, 3 and 4 at 4:00 pm Eastern. Web-ex information is as follows: 

  • Join via web: Web-Ex Meeting Link  
  • Join via phone: 1-415-655-0003 
    • Meeting number (access code): 172 882 5865 
    • Meeting password: mUi2SxhjC56    

Quidel will be hosting a webinar for AHCA on Thursday, September 3 at 3:00 pm Eastern to explain how providers can conduct a high volume of tests in a short period of time using the Sofia2 batch testing functionality.  

This resource offers steps providers need to take when they receive their rapid point-of-care antigen devices from HHS.   

Finally, AHCA has a list of labs that can provide testing with a 48-hour turnaround time. Please direct your members to this list if they are seeking assistance in finding a suitable lab partner. 

Questions can be directed to covid19@ahca.org.


Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16