General Description, Overview, and Opportunity
Most people don't realize they have high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol until these conditions become manifested in negative ways. Consider the following statistics:
1 in 3 people in the United States has high blood pressure yet 1 in 5 people don't know they have it.
1 in 6 adults has high cholesterol.
Diabetes affects over 26 million people, with over 7 million people undiagnosed.
Many community pharmacies offer valuable health screenings that not only detect serious undiagnosed conditions, but influence patients to follow up with a physician to receive pharmacologic treatment. In addition, patients may decide on the basis of the health screening to utilize the pharmacy's prescription services.
Types of Screenings
A certificate of waiver is required to perform certain tests in a CLIA waived setting. To obtain a certificate of waiver, you should contact your state health department. Additional CLIA waived information is available at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid website. Please note that participation in this space is dependent on state specific requirements such as pharmacy practice acts and collaborative practice agreements