CMS Alters Guidelines For COVID-19 Testing At Nursing Homes

The agency tweaked its color-coded system to account for community spread of the virus. Other nursing home news is on rapid-result testing, nursing home volumes and COVID training.

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CMS Changes Nursing Home Testing Guidance Over Rural Concerns

Nursing homes will face new COVID-19 testing guidelines based on their community spread, CMS said Tuesday. The agency revised its facility staff testing standards to account for community spread in its color-coded system. If a county has 20 or fewer tests over 14 days, it will be considered green. Counties with fewer than 500 tests, fewer than 2,000 tests per 100,000 residents and a positivity rate above 10% over 14 days also will be considered green. Previously, counties meeting those standards would have been considered yellow. (Christ, 9/29)

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