Bloomberg Law
May 29, 2020, 9:16 AM

Regular Tests a Costly Must-Have for Virus-Wracked Nursing Homes

Tony Pugh
Tony Pugh

Regular Covid-19 testing for nursing home staff and residents is the only way to contain the spread of the respiratory disease that wreaks havoc on older people.

But lack of funds and access to testing supplies are hampering that goal, nursing home executives say.

A 100-bed facility with 100 employees should test all staff and residents every two weeks “at a minimum,” said George V. Hager Jr., CEO of Genesis HealthCare, one of the nation’s largest nursing home operators, on a recent earnings call.

If each test costs $75, as Hager suggested on the call, facilities would end up paying ...

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