Issue: Testing

Question: Can home health or hospice provider perform testing of patients?  Is a CLIA waiver required?
Answer: Providers would not be performing the testing, but they could collect specimens if requested by local/state officials to do so. Because providers would not be performing the test and instead simply collecting the specimens, CLIA waived testing is not applicable. We would recommend a training and competency test for all clinicians who would be collecting the specimens.