No, LTCFs do not need to end their existing partnership with their commercial testing lab. LTCFs may want to consider:
- Working with the Battelle Midwest Coordination Center to access free surveillance testing
- Working with their existing testing lab to modify the existing contract to include insurance billing, and billing insurance for samples collected at the LTCF
- Using antigen tests available through CMS or purchasing antigen tests if the LTCF is not able to procure them from CMS.
LTCFs may choose one or all of the above options to provide both screening and diagnostic testing for residents and staff.
In addition, KDHE has prepared an Employer Testing Playbook and a list of resources that may be helpful. You may also be aware of or have access to additional options.