Skilled Nursing Facility

Twice-weekly staff testing to be required for select SNFs

COVID-19 staff testing will be required twice-weekly at SNFs in 801 counties across the country under new federal regulations.

CMS released a list of infection rates by county last week that will be used to determine the required frequency of staff testing. All facilities located in “red” counties will require tests twice-weekly, while facilities in “yellow” counties require testing once-weekly, and facilities in “green” counties will require testing monthly.

CMS plans to update the list on the first and third Monday of each month.