The nursing home industry is again calling on the Trump Administration government to provide additional funding and resources for coronavirus testing to all aging services providers to help them meet new regulations.
Federal “leadership and funding” will be key in helping providers meet newly implemented COVID-19 reporting requirements, along with testing demands necessary for nursing homes in order to eventually reopen, Katie Smith Sloan, LeadingAge president and CEO, urged in a letter to Congress.
LeadingAge, along with the Visiting Nurse Associations of American and ElevatingHOME, called on Congress to address several testing requirements, like covering all costs associated with conducting COVID-19 testing — not just the kits — and do so for all aging services providers, not just nursing homes.
The organizations are also requesting that the federal government help cover repeat testing for providers, ensure workers have guaranteed access to personal protective equipment needed to perform testing, require state surveyors to be tested weekly, and establish a fund to cover temporary staff when a regular worker tests positive and must quarantine.
“Testing and ensuring the care and safety of those in congregate care, in fact, protects all members of society. Aging services organizations are vital parts of the communities in which they are located. A community is only as COVID-free as its aging services providers,” the letter states.