Point-of-Care Antigen Tests: What SNFs Need to Know

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.

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