Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Access to COVID-19 Testing in LTC

COVID-19 testing continues to be a significant point of concern for LTC providers. LTC residents with symptoms fall into priority category two for testing, according to CDC guidance. While not required, some state and local health departments and/or individual clinicians are using this guidance to prioritize testing. There is also a significant backlog of tests and growing shortage of testing supplies in labs across the country, which is also causing delays.

Members who are approached by companies selling antibody tests (blood tests with rapid result) should be aware that this is different than a PCR test and cannot diagnose a patient with COVID-19. Members should also verify that any company selling a test has an EUA from the FDA. More information is provided here. AHCA/NCAL continues to seek options for vendors that can provide testing for LTC and will continue to update you when new information is available.

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