Mandatory Reporting of Nursing Homes CLIA Antigen Point of Care Test Reports to NHSN

Jackie Pappalardi Lisa Volk and Tarrah Quinlan in Clinical & Quality

CMS announced a new requirement for nursing homes: all Point of Care (POC) antigen test results conducted in a nursing home facility must be reported to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), effective immediately. The June 4th HHS memo on laboratory testing lists the required data to enter in the NHSN and has now been updated to state:

“#4 CMS-certified long-term care facilities shall submit point-of-care COVID-19 testing data, including antigen testing data, to CDC’s NHSN”. 

To access this new reporting module, facilities must have an established Secure Access Management Services (SAMS) Level-3 access. Nursing Homes are encouraged to immediately start the process to obtain SAMS Level-3 access, if not done already, because the registration process can take 3-4 weeks to complete.

This new requirement goes into effect immediately. However, CMS has verbally indicated that they will exercise enforcement discretion until November 20th.  

More information on this new reporting module is available here. CDC has announced they will be holding training webinars in the coming weeks.

NYSHFA-NYSCAL will continue to share the information as we are updated. 


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

Tarrah Quinlan
Director of Education Program Development and Member Operation
518-462-4800 x20