CMS Updates COVID-19 Testing Methodology for Nursing Homes

Published: 10/01/2020

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Relevant To:
  • Long Term Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is updating the methodology the agency uses to determine the rate of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) positivity in counties across the country. According to the new methodology, counties with 20 or fewer tests over 14 days will now move to “green” in the color-coded system of assessing COVID-19 community prevalence. Counties with both fewer than 500 tests and fewer than 2,000 tests per 100,000 residents, and greater than 10 percent positivit

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