Great News on Testing for AL and SNFs -Abbot Webinar with Details Announced

Lisa Volk and Jackie Pappalardi in Clinical & Quality

AHCA/NCAL has learned today that this week the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be sending 1 million Abbott BinaxNOW™ test kits to skilled nursing facilities and 540,000 test kits to assisted living communities certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) Certificate of Waiver.   

You are invited to a webinar on Friday, September 18 at 12:00 pm ET with HHS and Abbot to get more information on the tests themselves, including training, and use in assisted living facilities. During the webinar, Abbott will demonstrate the training tools available and representatives from the U.S. government will be online to speak about the program.  

Register now for the webinar. 

Our understanding is that HHS will ship test kits to all ALs with CLIA Certificates of Waiver this week to be used for residents and staff. Kits will also be sent to some SNFs for use with staff. Replenishment of kits will be weekly thereafter with enough kits varying by the county the facility is located in, and based on the CMS ratings for COVID-19 test positivity in that county (red, yellow or green). HHS has also provided a training portal here

We have also heard that some providers have received an invoice from Abbott. We confirmed with Abbott yesterday that these were sent in error and you do NOT need to pay these invoices. Similarly, some members received information about “shipping specifications” that also include an error that they would be receiving large pallets of test kits. The amount of test kits will be based on estimates of the number of residents and staff you have in your facility and to last you for 1-2 weeks until the next shipment arrives.  

Mark Parkinson


Scott Tittle

President & CEO, AHCA/NCAL


Executive Director, NCAL

Please email for additional questions, or visit for more information.


Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16