On July 14, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced an initiative to distribute of point-of-care (POC) antigen COVID-19 testing devices to nursing homes across the country.
Nursing facilities will receive one of two testing devices:
- Quidel Sofia 2 SARS Antigen FIA
- BD Veritor System for Rapid Detection of SARS-CoV-2
AHCA/NCAL has put together a summary of important steps providers must take in preparing to use these testing devices.
These test devices are being shipped based on prioritization of hot spot areas, cases of COVID-19 among staff and residents and lack of access to testing. Providers must have a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) Certificate of Waiver to receive a testing device.
As a reminder, the CARES Act requires all laboratories with a CLIA certificate to report the results of every COVID-19 test that they conduct (positives and negatives) to the appropriate state or local public health department. This applies to nursing homes using these devices and is in addition to the reporting completed through the CDC NHSN website.
More information and a list of nursing homes prioritized to receive the instrument first is available here. The following Wisconsin facilities are included:
|525266||OAK PARK NURSING AND REHAB CTR||718 JUPITER DRIVE||MADISON||WI||53718||Dane|
|525390||ROCK HAVEN||3400 N CTY TRK HWY F PO BOX 920||JANESVILLE||WI||53547||Rock|
|525413||WILLOWCREST HEALTH SERVICES||3821 S CHICAGO AVE||SOUTH MILWAUKEE||WI||53172||Milwaukee|
|525426||HILLVIEW HEALTH CARE CTR||3501 PARK LANE DR||LA CROSSE||WI||54601||La Crosse|
|525451||RENNES HEALTH AND REHAB CENTER-WEST||501 N LAKE ST||PESHTIGO||WI||54157||Marinette|
|525461||PAVILION AT GLACIER VALLEY||1900 AMERICAN EAGLE DR||SLINGER||WI||53086||Washington|
|525526||CHI FRANCISCAN VILLA||3601 S CHICAGO AVE||SOUTH MILWAUKEE||WI||53172||Milwaukee|
|525538||BETHANY HOME||1226 BERLIN ST||WAUPACA||WI||54981||Waupaca|
|525625||LAKELAND HEALTH CARE CTR||1922 CTY RD NN||ELKHORN||WI||53121||Walworth|
|525671||SCHMITT WOODLAND HILLS||1400 W SEMINARY ST||RICHLAND CENTER||WI||53581||Richland|
|525717||WI VETERANS HM MACARTHUR HALL||N2665 CTY RD QQ||KING||WI||54946||Waupaca|
CMS has also published list of FAQ’s that providers are encouraged to review.