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CMS Revises NF COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Staff and Residents

Last updated on 9/13/2021

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has revised Quality Safety & Oversight Memo QSO-20-38-NH (PDF).

The memo includes the following key updates:

  • Revised COVID-19 staff testing is based on the facility’s county level of community transmission instead of the county test positivity rate. The frequency of testing has also been updated.
  • Facilities now have two options to conduct outbreak testing:
    • Contact tracing
    • Broad-based testing approach