Wednesday, July 29, 2020

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. More information and a list of nursing homes prioritized to receive the instrument first is available here. CMS has also published list of FAQ’s that providers are encouraged to review. 

For more information, please visit www.ahcancal.org/coronavirus, or email COVID19@ahca.org



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