Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 Testing at Skilled Nursing Facilities/ Nursing Homes   [open pdf - 82KB]

From the Document: "Nursing homes will receive either a Quidel Sofia 2 Instrument or Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) Veritor™ Plus System over the coming months along with the associated FDA-authorized antigen diagnostic tests. To be eligible, nursing homes must have a current CLIA [Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments] Certificate of Waiver AND meet certain epidemiological criteria. The list of nursing homes is posted on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) COVID [coronavirus disease] NHSN [National Healthcare Safety Network] data page and will be updated as new shipments go out. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will distribute the testing platforms and FDA-authorized antigen diagnostic tests to all nursing homes with a CLIA Certificate of Waiver over the next few months. Nursing homes mean facilities that are certified as a Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) and/or Medicaid Nursing Facility (NF), otherwise referred to a Long Term Care Facility or nursing home."

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