The ADA News (10/12, Versaci) reports that the ADA, in consultation with its Advisory Task Force on Dental Practice Recovery, has released the COVID-19 & Lab Testing Requirements Toolkit “to help guide dentists interested in offering their patients rapid response, point-of-care COVID-19 testing within their practices.” The toolkit includes information on applying for the federal certification required to offer COVID-19 testing. “While rapid point-of-care testing is not widely used currently, as the technology and access to these important tests improve, this comprehensive document will enable members who want to do testing in their office to be sure they are compliant with all regulatory guidelines,” said Dr. Tom Paumier, task force member.
For additional ADA resources related to COVID-19, visit ADA.org/virus
COVID-19 & Lab Testing
Welcome to the COVID-19 & Lab Testing Requirements Toolkit. The American Dental Association, in consultation with the ADA’s Advisory Task Force on Dental Practice Recovery, has developed this suite of resources to help guide dentists interested in offering their patients rapid response, point of care COVID-19 testing within the practice.
The information and messaging contained in this resource is intended to guide you through the process of applying for the federal certification required in order to offer this type of testing. It also offers useful information that will help your staff educate patients about this important, and timely, value-added service available through your practice.
Table of Contents
Page 2 In Office Testing and CLIA This FAQ offers answers to some of the basic “what,” “why” and “how” questions relating to how the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) can be incorporated into your practice.
Page 5 Regulations by State (map) Use the interactive map to learn about laboratory testing requirements that may be in place in your state.
Page 6 Applying for a Federal Certificate of Waiver Follow these steps when completing the federal application that’s required for facilities planning to offer patients COVID-19 point of care testing.
Page 8 CLIA Regulatory Compliance for Certificates of Waiver Learn the compliance requirements for performing waived testing.
Page 8 Tips for Performing Waived Testing These tips will help you set up and maintain an effective waived testing program.
Page 9 COVID-19 Test Reporting Requirements Follow these reporting requirements for every COVID-19 diagnostic and screening test.
Page 12 FAQs for Responding to Patient Queries Train your staff on the best way to discuss point of care testing with patients and to answer any questions that might arise.
Page 14 Guidance on Patient Medical Benefit Plan Claim Filing for In-Office COVID-19 Testing This Q&A provides tips on how in-office COVID-19 testing could be reported to patients’ medical benefit plans.