COVID-19 UpdatesHCN News & Notes

Testing of All Nursing-home Residents, Staff Unsustainable Without Government Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Health Care Assoc. (AHCA) and National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) recently released a state-by-state breakdown of COVID-19 testing for nursing homes. The data is available by clicking here.

Nearly 3 million (2,931,478) tests would be needed to test every nursing-home resident and worker in the U.S. Testing every U.S. nursing-home resident and staff member once would cost $440 million, but regular testing of nursing-home residents and staff is unsustainable without federal and state funding, the organizations note.

AHCA and NCAL represent more than 14,000 nonprofit and proprietary skilled-nursing centers, assisted-living communities, sub-acute centers, and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities.