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 CDC Issues New Guidance on Rapid Antigen Testing for COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new interim guidance on rapid antigen testing for detecting COVID-19 in facilities, according to the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).

The key points from this new guidance include:

--The two rapid antigen tests on the market—BD Veritor and Quidel Sofia2, which are being sent to all nursing homes by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)—are currently intended for use in diagnostic testing of symptomatic patients within five days of symptom onset. 

--Through this new guidance, CDC expands use of these rapid antigen tests to include use as screening tools in congregate settings (such as a nursing home) for staff and residents.

--All long term care facilities must defer to state or local guidance on their use. If no such guidance exists, you may consider following CDC guidance. 

--Evaluating the test results must be done in context with the person’s symptoms and how likely COVID-19 is in the group of people getting the tests, which is usually similar to the community’s rate of COVID-19. 

--Providers that are utilizing these antigen test devices must undergo proper training and be able to demonstrate competency and completion.

AHCA/NCAL has developed a more comprehensive summary on the testing system. 

The association has also added information on how to access training for both antigen devices (BD Veritor and Quidel Sofia2) to its 
summary of important steps providers must take in preparing to use these testing devices. 

Additionally, CMS is expected to update the list of nursing homes receiving the point-of-care (POC) antigen tests this week. CMS provides a zip file (an Excel file) with the names of all the nursing homes to receive either the Quidel Sophia-2 or BD POC antigen tests. Providers can also find this list on under the paragraph “Supporting COVID-19 Testing.”

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