Point of Care Testing

The POCT Opportunity in Pharmacy

Another winter is quickly approaching, and Pharmacies have the opportunity to help their communities by becoming credentialed to provide CLIA-waived testing. As we already know, Pharmacies are the most accessible health care providers, with some patients already coming to us several times a month for prescriptions, over-the-counter medication, and vaccination needs. The next step is to provide point of care testing (POCT), whether for Flu and Strep or an entire testing suite. With that in mind and holidays approaching, this…

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point of care testing in independent pharmacy

Preparing Your Pharmacy for Point of Care Testing

“Point-of-care testing services are anticipated to surpass immunizations to drive revenue. Pressure from payers to detect high-cost diseases early will help speed up the growth of pharmacy-based diagnostic screening services. (https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/us/Documents/risk/us-risk-deloitte-retail-health-and-wellness.pdf)” Over the past decade (and even the last year), we have seen many changes in Community Pharmacy, especially in the clinical arena. Many National Pharmacy Organizations are promoting Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) in Pharmacy, and many Pharmacies have started to add POCT to their clinical and collaborative practice offerings.  This…

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