Affected Texas NFs Need to Take Steps - Gamma Healthcare’s COVID-19 Testing Lab in Missouri Ceases Operations

November 23, 2021

Gamma Healthcare's Poplar Bluff, MO, COVID-19 testing laboratory ceases operations effective November 4, 2020. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services had suspended the lab’s operations in October 2020. The lab processed COVID-19 tests for nursing facilities in 11 states, including Texas.

Affected NFs will need to inform the Long-term Care Regulation regional director in the LTCR region where the facility is located and document their efforts to obtain alternate lab COVID-19 testing that meets the 48-hour result expectation outlined in CMS QSO-20-38-NH (PDF).