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Patient Self-Testing (PST) allows patients taking warfarin to move a majority of the testing from the clinical setting to the home. PST can provide a more convenient means to perform the INR. However, PST does not eliminate direct contact with the healthcare provider. Patient test results must be reported immediately and office visits are still required to monitor testing and make therapy adjustments.
Once approved by the patient's insurance, all monitoring supplies are provided by the service--including the INR monitor, 6 test strips per month and all ancillary supplies needed. The patient is trained in-home and technical support is available. Monthly copay or share-of-cost is generally in the $25-$35 range, though varies by insurer.
Established patients of the UCSD Anticoagulation Clinic that are selected for PST will be enrolled in the MyChart Anticoagulation Program for monitoring.
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