The Ins and Outs of Point-of-Care Testing


Thanks to groundbreaking point-of-care (POC) tests, pharmacists can now recognize certain conditions within minutes. Integrating POC tests into your practice can substantially reduce the time between presentation and initiation of appropriate treatment. Learn more about pharmacy-based POC testing and related legislation, liability, reimbursement, and integration issues.

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

At the completion of this knowledge-based activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain what it means for a diagnostic test to meet the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)–waived requirements for use as point-of-care (POC) tests in the community pharmacy setting.
  2. List currently available CLIA-waived POC tests that can be used by pharmacists.
  3. Identify opportunities for pharmacists to expand their services in the community pharmacy practice setting through the utilization of POC tests.
  4. Explain the legal, regulatory, and liability issues involved in offering a pharmacy-based POC testing program.
  5. Discuss specific strategies for designing and implementing a successful pharmacy-based POC testing program.
  6. Discuss operational issues (e.g., workflow, reimbursement, education, liability) regarding the use of POC tests by pharmacists.
Donald Klepser, PhD, MBA
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Michael Klepser
Learning Level: Level 1
Track: Pharmacy Management and Professional Leadership, Health-System Pharmacy
Session Time Slot(s): 
Saturday, March 17
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Music City Center - Room 104C-D
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-18-004-L01-P
CEUs Pharmacist: 0.15
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