Point of Care Testing Implementation Program
Point of Care Testing (POCT) is not new in Pharmacy. COVID-19 may have brought the subject of Point of Care Testing for pharmacies to current events, but it is not new, and the interest in it has been growing over the past decade. For instance, a patient visits the Pharmacy on average 35 times per year compared to the four times the patient sees their doctor, putting Pharmacies in an excellent position.
The ability to perform clinical testing allows the Pharmacist to relieve the pressure on primary care providers, increase collaborative practice and clinical abilities, build long-lasting patient and provider relationships, and increase revenue for their Pharmacy. The addition of POCT in the Pharmacy is the next logical step in the Pharmacist becoming a provider. Through marketing to your patients, your community, and the prescribers in your area, the Pharmacy can increase foot traffic while providing a needed service – a win for the Pharmacy. Compared to the average patient copay for visits and tests at a doctor’s office, express clinic, or an emergency department, the out-of-pocket cost to patients for POCT at the Pharmacy is typically less, and the amount of time a patient spends waiting is significantly reduced – a win for the Patient.
Here are just some of the waived testing currently performed by Pharmacies with a CLIA Certificate of Waiver:
The POCTTrack provides the necessary instructions to ensure that you have everything needed to begin offering CLIA Waived Point of Care Testing (POCT) based on Good Laboratory Practices for Waived Laboratories in Pharmacy.
Our POCT program supplies you with the guidance, policies, procedures, and forms to set up your Pharmacy to provide Point of Care Testing. Additionally, the program will give you the questions you need to ask your State Agency responsible for Clinical Laboratories and State Board of Pharmacy related to state specific rules, including:
- Application Requirements
- Lab Director Requirements
- Order Requirements
- State Reporting
- Patient Assessment
- Collaborative Protocol (or similar) Requirements
The PRS Pharmacy Point of Care Testing Program (POCTTrack) includes the following:
- Easy to follow Compliance Guide to walk you through the implementation process
- Policies and Procedures
- Online trackable POCTTrack Policy and Procedure Training for your employees
- Support from our Compliance experts to help you every step of the process
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