Funds Related to Federal Covid-19 Testing Guidelines

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Washington State Department of Social & Health Services

Aging and Long-Term Support Administration

                  November 6, 2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provided interim guidance (CMS-3401-IFC) for COVID-19 testing requirements in nursing homes. This guidance requires nursing homes to test all staff and residents every 3-7 days until no new cases are found for 14 days. Due to this guidance, Washington State Nursing Facilities will be receiving a one-time payment of approximately $680 per licensed bed to help pay for increased testing, as required by CMS. Licensed bed days as of November 2, 2020 were used for this calculation. This payment will be made through the ProviderOne system if that is an option for your facility. You do not need to do anything special to receive this money. If your facility does not have a ProviderOne account ALTSA will work with you directly.