Bloomberg Law
July 22, 2020, 10:37 PMUpdated: July 23, 2020, 1:05 AM

Nursing Home Staff Tests Required in Covid Surging States (1)

Fawn Johnson
Fawn Johnson
Tony Pugh
Tony Pugh

Nursing homes in states with a 5% or greater positivity for Covid-19 will be required to test all nursing home staff each week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Wednesday.

The testing requirement - and $5 billion in new funding from the CARES Act provider relief fund - builds on an earlier HHS announcement that rapid Covid-19 antigen testing devices will be distributed to nursing homes in the coming weeks.

“As caseloads continue to increase in areas around the country, it has never been more important that nursing homes have what they need to maintain a sturdy defense ...

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