Nursing Homes Receive Additional Funding and Staff Testing Mandates
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced an additional $5 billion of funding from the Provider Relief Fund will go to Medicare-certified long term care facilities to support the enhancement of nursing homes’ response to COVID-19. These funds are meant to assist facilities with enhancing infection control, building up staffing, increasing testing, and providing additional services such as implementing technology to assist residents and families. Nursing homes must participate in the Nursing Home COVID-19 Training on infection control and best practices as a condition to receive the funding. CMS will also begin requiring all nursing homes in states with a 5% positive rate or higher to perform COVID-19 diagnostic testing on all nursing home staff every week. Additional testing devices will be distributed to facilities to support this requirement, beginning with 600 devices shipping this week.