CMS Mandates Strict Testing of COVID-19 for Nursing Home Staff. Fines up to $8,000 for Non-compliance.

To our valued customers:   Yesterday, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented new regulatory changes for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF); all SNF’s must regularly test their personnel for the COVID-19 virus and are required to offer testing to their residents. As part of this mandate, facilities that use point-of-care COVID-19 testing devices are required to report their diagnostic test results as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

CMS Administrator, Seema Verma stated: “Reporting of test results and other data are vitally important tools for controlling the spread of the virus and give providers on the front lines what they need to fight it.”  

Skilled Nursing Facilities that do not act in accordance with this new rule will be cited and fined for noncompliance and may face fines based on the severity of the violation. Penalties of $400 per day, or over $8,000 for an instance of noncompliance. To learn more about the new rule, please visit the CMS website at

Preferred Therapy Solutions continues to provide its partners with vital information that may impact rehabilitation management, reimbursement policies, and clinical programs, supported with compliance and regulatory requirements that are necessary for a thorough understanding on practices and procedures. If you have any questions, please contact  Maria Maggi, Vice President of Quality, Outcomes, and Compliance at: