Infection Control

Testing Requirements


Webinar 11.24.2020

On-Demand Webinar, Handouts &
Additional Resources


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal government has mandated COVID-19 testing for residents and staff with guidance based on parameters explained and updated in several Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) memorandums. This 60-minute webinar will address challenges with testing, testing methodology, test refusals, plus reporting and documentation to support regulatory compliance. A review of decision trees for test results, payment, and cohorting will simplify these problematic areas. Key elements to incorporate into testing policies and procedures and how testing regulations are enforced will be reviewed to provide essential knowledge for avoiding citations and fines.



Kris Mastrangelo, OTR/L, LNHA, MBA

President & CEO

Harmony Healthcare International (HHI)




On March 13, 2020, the President issued an emergency declaration under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207 (the “Stafford Act”) to declare a national health emergency.


The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) is authorized to take steps to ensure that healthcare facilities respond effectively to COVID-19 under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act once the President has declared an emergency through the Stafford Act and the Secretary has declared a Public Health Emergency (PHE). The Secretary issued a Public Health Emergency (PHE) on January 31, 2020, that has subsequently been renewed.


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have established Long-Term Care Facility Testing Requirements for Staff and Residents and provided guidance for meeting these new COVID-19 requirements in an Interim Final Rule and several Quality/Survey & Certification Group QSO memorandums.


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Owners and Operators, CEO, CFO, Administrators, Medical Directors, Geriatricians, Board of Directors, Nursing Management, Direct Care Nurses in a SNF, Therapy Management, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, MDS Coordinators, Compliance Officers, Reimbursements Specialists, Social Workers, Case Managers and Business Office Managers.



  • Identify the difference between isolation vs. quarantine when skilling a patient
  • Identify the difference between Standard, Contact, and Airborne Precautions
  • Identify documentation requirements necessary to support compliance with testing for COVID-19


This program will assist long term care professionals to understand the updated CMS Long Term Care COVID-19 testing requirements and considerations to improve care and adhere to the Federal regulations for COVID-19 testing during the current Public Health Emergency.

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