CMS' New COVID-19 Testing Requirements Effective Tomorrow, Sept. 2

CMS; Programs and Resources; COVID-19

​​​​The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has issued an interim ​final rule with requirements for routine COVID-19 testing in nursing homes. This rule goes into effect on September 2, 2020.  

AHCA has developed several resources to help members understand and meet these new 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 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 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.