CMS implements new COVID-19 testing requirements for SNFs

Aug 27, 2020
The Bottom Line

CMS implemented stricter COVID-19 testing requirements for nursing homes on August 25. Routine staff testing, which was previously just recommended, is now a requirement for participation for Medicare and Medicaid.

The required frequency of staff testing will be based on the degree of community spread surrounding a facility. Further guidance on frequency of testing will be released shortly.

Non-compliance for this requirement can lead to fines of over $400 per day, or over $8,000 per instance.

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