CMS Releases New Tools to Streamline CLIA Certification

COVID-19; CMS

On Friday, September 25, CMS released several new tools to help reduce delays for laboratories or other sites seeking a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) Waiver. This applies to skilled nursing facilities or assisted living communities who are seeking a CLIA waiver to perform COVID-19 point of care testing. The new tools include a quick start guide to expedite the application and approval process and a new payment process for CLIA certification fees on the CMS CLIA Program website. The CLIA Certificate Fee Schedule contains detailed information on costs.