If you get an invoice, you can disregard it
If you get an invoice, you can disregard it

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Further Info on Abbot Labs BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Tests

Please Note: The cost for the Abbot Labs BinaxNOW tests is covered by the US Dept of Health and Human Services. If you recieve an invoice, you can safely disregard it.

We are hearing from our member communities that they are receiving the Abbot BinaxNOW tests from HHS with little or no explanation. Our understanding is that each licensed assisted living community that has a CLIA waiver will receive these tests. These tests are FREE and if you receive an invoice, please disregard it.

Also, as of today, NC DHHS, Adult Care Licensure Section, has not given guidance on testing residents and staff who live and work in a COVID-free community. Keep the tests as they are free and we will provide you guidance on testing as we receive guidance from NC DHHS/DHSR/ACLS.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call Frances Messer at (919) 909-5998.

Learn More About This Below...

“Approximately 540,000 COVID-19 antigen tests from Abbott Laboratories are “in the mail” and on their way to assisted living providers in the United States. These BinaxNOW tests are intended to be used in people in whom healthcare providers suspect COVID-19 and should be given within the first seven days of symptom onset, but the tests can be used for surveillance testing, based on the Food and Drug Administration’s FAQs on testing for SARS-CoV-2. Follow-up molecular testing should be conducted in symptomatic individuals who test negative on the antigen tests. Providers using the BinaxNOW test are required to notify public health officials of their intent to use the tests, report the results and ensure that staff members giving the tests are appropriately trained.

“As of September 17, approximately 540,000 of the tests had been shipped to assisted living operators with Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) waivers (about 5,400 facilities), and 1 million tests were shipped to skilled nursing facility operators, based on county COVID-19 prevalence rates. Home health providers will be included on a future distribution list.” Read more here... (from McKnight’s)

CDC and Abbott jointly presented a webinar targeted to assisted living facilities receiving the new Abbott BinaxNOW test kits. You can read a summary of the information presented in the webinar here (from LeadingAge).

 
 

 
 

Sincerely,
North Carolina Assisted Living Association


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