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. 

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