AHCA/NCAL: COVID-19 Testing and Vendors

Nancy Leveille in Clinical & Quality

AHCA/NCAL held a meeting today to discuss that COVID-19 testing continues to be a significant point of concern for LTC providers. AHCA/NCAL has put together a couple of resources around testing that they want to make sure you are aware of:

  • Background on Testing in LTC: This document outlines the key issues in obtaining testing and provides a full explanation of the difference between a PCR and an antibody test.
  • Vendors that can Test in LTC: AHCA/NCAL has been seeking vendors that can provide rapid PCR testing for LTC organizations and has created a list here. They are in the process of vetting more vendors, so this list will continue to be updated as more become available.¬†

For members seeking testing from new lab vendors, AHCA/NCAL would recommend the following:

  1. Use lab that will bill Medicare directly for Part B
  2. Test residents before skilling  

If you have any additional questions, please contact them at COVID19@ahca.org.