Benefits of PT/INR Self Testing
Approved By Most Insurance Companies
Since 2008, Medicare has approved PT/INR self testing for patients taking Coumadin (warfarin) and who have mechanical heart valves, chronic atrial fibrillation or venous thrombosis, which includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism. Most health insurance companies have also approved reimbursement for self-testing.
Get Test Results Immediately
Since abnormal results are reported immediately to the doctor, medication adjustments can be made sooner (usually the same day) to help prevent complications from arising if the person is out of range for a period of time.
Reduces Medical Complications
Published studies show that there are fewer medical complications, fewer health risks, and fewer visits to the emergency room when self-testing is done on a weekly basis.
Saves You Time
Time spent traveling to and from the doctor’s office/laboratory/clinic is reduced since testing can be done at home. Self-testing is particularly suitable for patients when traveling, and for those who must frequently be away from their regular doctor (such as when splitting their time between two homes). In fact, PT/INR Self Testing has been shown to save the average person as much as four full days in personal time each year.
Conveniently Fits Your Schedule
Test yourself at a time and place that's best for you. No need to miss work, school or other activities due to scheduled testing appointments with the doctor or lab.
Gives You Control
People who self test weekly can keep better track of their PT/INR anticoagulation levels and be more involved with their personal healthcare.
People who take anticoagulants daily can enjoy greater "peace of mind" knowing that emergencies can be prevented and their health is being monitored more frequently.
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