AHCA: COVID-19 Update | Summary of CMS Call on POC Testing in Nursing Homes

Jackie Pappalardi and Lisa Volk in Clinical & Quality

On July 14, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced an initiative to distribute of point-of-care COVID-19 testing devices to nursing homes across the country. Seema Verma, Administrator of CMS and Admiral Giroir, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) held a nationwide conference call with nursing homes on July 15 to provide additional information about the rollout.  


Other COVID-19 Updates

Webinar on Communicating During COVID-19: Join AHCA/NCAL and PLUS Communications for a live, ahcancalED webinar on July 23, 2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT) on how to effectively communicate with the media and stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic. REGISTER 

NHSN Updates Resident Impact and Facility Capacity Pathway Instructions: The instructions on one of the four pathways have been updated to provide clarification on definitions and provides examples in each section of the instructions. READ MORE 

CMS Expects to Resume Medicare Claim Audits Beginning August 3, 2020: CMS recently updated their COVID-19 Provider Burden Relief Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to claim audit waivers for multiple services. READ MORE 

Reminder: Apply by July 20 for the Medicaid Portion of the Provider Relief Fund: On June 9, HHS announced the distribution of approximately $15 billion from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible providers that participate in Medicaid and have not received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Distribution. READ MORE 

New Trainings and Resources Related to Infection Prevention and Control: AHCA/NCAL has developed two COVID-19 trainings on ahcancalED titled, Infection Prevention & Control in the Post-COVID-19 World (designed for leadership) and Basics of Infection Prevention and Control in the Post-COVID-19 World (designed for all staff). In addition, AHCA/NCAL has developed a series of action briefs to help centers develop and improve their infection prevention and control programs. READ MORE  


Please email COVID19@ahca.org for additional questions, or visit ahcancal.org/coronavirus for more information.


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

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