To qualify for the payment, facilities must demonstrate:
- A rate of COVID-19 infections within their facility that is below the rate of infection for the county that they are located in; and
- A COVID-19 mortality rate below 10% among SNF residents infected with COVID-19.
HHS identifies qualifying facilities using data from two sources. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Profile Reports (CPRs) are utilized for county-level information on total confirmed and/or suspected COVID-19 infections per capita, as well as information on COVID-19 test positivity. To measure facility COVID-19 infection and mortality rates, the incentive program utilizes data from the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) LTCF COVID-19 module.
More information on first round performance payments is available in this press release from HHS.
A state-by-state breakdown of the number of qualifying facilities and payments is available here.