NHSN Long-Term Care Post-Release October 2022

Below is important information regarding modifications to the Point of Care Test Reporting Tool, the Long-term Care Facility COVID-19 Module, and the COVID-19 Vaccination Module. The changes described below took effect with the October 2022, NHSN release. Resources on the NHSN LTCF COVID-19 Module webpage and the COVID-19 Vaccination Modules webpage have been updated, where indicated, with revised forms, instructions, FAQs and CSV templates.

Point of Care (POC) Test Reporting Tool:
The following enhancements were made.

Additional POC devices were added to the NHSN system.
Although some are titled, “At-Home,” the devices below have been provided POC Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. If you are using any of these devices, please check the model’s name and ensure you choose the correct device from the drop-down menu.

  • DxLab COVID-19 Test_ DxLab Inc.
  • MicroGEM Sal6830 SARS-CoV-2 Saliva Test_ MicroGEM U.S., Inc.
  • OHC COVID-19 Antigen Self Test_ OSANG LLC
  • QuickVue At-Home OTC COVID-19 Test_ Quidel Corporation
  • Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Test Card_ Xiamen Boson Biotech Co., Ltd.

COVID-19 Pathway Data Reporting:
Please refer to the data reporting pathways below to learn about enhancements that were made within each pathway.

Resident Impact and Facility Capacity Pathway:
No enhancements

Staff and Personnel Impact Pathway:
No enhancements

Supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Pathway:
No enhancements

Therapeutics Pathway:
An issue regarding csv upload for group and facility users was recently identified and a resolution has been implemented. Facility and group users are now able to successfully upload csv files.

State Veterans Homes COVID-19 Event Reporting Tool:
No enhancements

Weekly NHSN COVID-19 Vaccination Data Modules

Person-Level COVID-19 Vaccination Forms
If you use the optional Person-Level COVID-19 Vaccination Forms to submit your weekly COVID-19 vaccination data, demographic variables are now required for individuals currently in the facility (i.e., those without an end date or discharge date) to save and submit data. Please keep in mind that if you are unable to obtain this information, you can select ‘Unknown.’

Analysis Reports
The Long-Term Care COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage bar chart reports are once again available for use. These reports are called “Bar Chart – LTC HCP COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage” and “Bar Chart – LTC Resident COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage”.

CMS Reporting Deadline
The deadline for quarterly reporting of COVID-19 vaccination coverage data for long-term care facilities to fulfill CMS Quality Reporting Program requirements covering Quarter 2 of 2022 (April 1, 2022-June 30, 2022) is November 15, 2022.

For questions about any of these updates, please send an e-mail to the NHSN Helpdesk at NHSN@cdc.gov with the subject line identifying the topic of the message.