CMS Issues Additional Guidance on Staff Testing and Reporting Requirements

COVID-19; CMS
​​AHCA/NCAL reported that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an interim final rule with a comment period that revises regulations in several areas for long term care facilities and other providers.  

As highlighted, this rule establishes a new requirement for long term care facilities for COVID-19 testing of residents and staff. CMS did not establish a specific frequency or criteria for testing in the rule but listed potential criteria that will be considered and addressed further in guidance.  
 
The regulations are effective immediately upon their publication at the Office of the Federal Register. Most of the new regulations are applicable only for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency. CMS is providing a 60-day comment period for public input on these requirements.  
 
Here is a more detailed analysis​ and summary of additional provisions in the rule. 

AHCA continues to advocate for access to, and systems to support, reliable testing with rapid results for skilled nursing facility residents and staff.