DSHS issued an updated Dear Provider dated April 22, 2022, regarding the requirement for AFH operators to obtain a Medical Test Site Waiver (MTSW). This updated DPL provides resources to help with the application process.
As a recap to explain where this requirement came from, during COVID, many places (such as schools and businesses) began performing COIVD-19 testing. The Department of Health (DOH) recognized that these businesses were conducting testing and utilizing the results of that testing to determine business practices. According to state and federal law, any site conducting medical testing, interpreting the results of a medical test, or acting on the results of medical testing is required to have a MTSW. Blood glucose monitoring, UTI screening, and COVID testing are common examples of testing performed in an AFH. The results of these test may influence insulin use or medical referrals for example. Therefore, homes conducting these tests do need a MTSW in compliance with state law.