Medicare Payment Resource For Resident COVID Testing

Joanne O'Connor

CMS has released information to better assist providers in understanding both the coverage and payments related to COVID-19 testing.  The AHCA Bulletin below includes a resource summary as well as a flowchart which details Medicare payment coverage for SNF resident testing.

Payment Resource for COVID-19 Testing 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) last week released information to help states, nursing facilities, and other providers better understand the sources of Medicare and Medicaid coverage and payment for COVID-19 testing. Among the resources is the Coverage and Payment for COVID-19 Testing in Nursing Facilities flow chart, which details testing coverage for nursing facility residents. AHCA/NCAL has developed a summary of this resource.   Read More

CMS National Nursing Home Call TODAY: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) received the final report from the independent Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes (Commission). Please join CMS Chief Medical Officer Lee Fleisher, MD and agency officials for a National Stakeholder Call with Nursing Homes to discuss the announcement, today from 2:00 – 2:30 PM Eastern. 

  • Toll Free Dial-In Number: (833) 614-0820 
  • Conference ID: 7883929 
  • Participants are encouraged to join via webcastRead More

CMS to Update County Data for COVID-19 Testing Weekly and Allow Use of State or County Data in Updated Methodology: CMS has updated the Excel file that flags COVID-19 positive test rates in counties. CMS modified the method for classifying a county as green, yellow, or red and expanded the measure to cover results over a 14-day period in each county instead of seven days. CMS will also be posting data weekly and will allow facilities to use test positivity data released by their state or county if the data is more recent than the CMS data.  Read More

How to Become a CLIA-Certified Assisted Living Facility & Receive Abbott Test Kits: The Department of Health and Human Services is sending 540,000 COIVD-19 test kits made by Abbott to assisted living communities this week. To receive a kit from HHS, a community by law must have a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) Certificate of Waiver to perform testing. Providers who wish to become CLIA certified must apply for a CLIA Certificate. Please view the brochure, How to Apply for CLIA Certificate of Waiver and submit your application form (CMS Form 116) to the state (CLIA State Agency Contacts ) where the provider who is applying is located. Read More




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