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MO State Funds to Cover COVID Testing for Long Term Care Facilities

Tiffany Karlin

July 02, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MO Department of Social Services is designating some funds from the CARES ACT for Long Term Care Facilities (including Assisted Living Facilities, Residential Care Facilities, Intermediate Care Facilities, and Skilled Nursing Facilities (LTCs)).

This money is in an effort to limit any barriers to providing important COVID-19 testing and increased costs incurred due to COVID.

Testing: The provider is expected to bill Medicare first if possible as Medicare Part B covers COVID-19 tests.  However, if the provider has uncompensated testing costs, they may use this process to submit an invoice to the state along with the lab’s bill/invoice, and receive reimbursement from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. This reimbursement can be used to test both residents and employees. For more information, click here.

Other Expenses: COVID Related expenses with back-up documentation (ie invoices and payments) that support the need and costs associated.

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The funds are capped at a maximum amount determined by the number of certified skilled nursing facility beds multiplied by $1,500.00. This is based on the number of beds reported in the Certificate of Need covering the first quarter (January through March) of 2020.

Attestation of these funds will be required to receive payment. Click here for more information.

When an invoice is complete and has necessary supporting documentation to support the costs, and an attestation has been received, the invoice will be processed, reimbursing the SNF via direct-deposit.

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