The National Health Authority (NHA) has issued guidelines to the Indian Medical Research Council (ICMR), a private laboratory accredited for the National Health Insurance, Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (AB-PMJAY).

During the Covid 19 pandemic crisis, these laboratories will help PMJAY beneficiaries obtain a Covid 19 test laboratory, a senior NNAZ official said. The starting points are as follows: The NCA endorses the association of laboratories in states that do not currently implement AB-PMJAY: Telangana, West Bengal, Delhi and Odisha.

Modules have been developed to carry out laboratory tests and now the NHA has decided to carry out tests only in CIRM-registered laboratories, as only these are authorised to carry out tests for covid 19 infection, it has been reported.

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Dr. JL Meena, General Manager Hospital Networking and Quality Assurance at AB-PMJAY, confirmed this development. The NGA has established a procedure for the accreditation of laboratories accredited by CIRM to test Covid-19 at affordable prices for AB-PMJAY beneficiaries admitted for symptoms of Covid-19 or SARI. First, the planned laboratory with the national health system — Apollo Health and Lifestyle Diagnostic Laboratory LLC, Tirumalagiri – Hyderabad, Telangana.

These laboratories must be able to perform an RT-PCR test for covid-19. According to his information, so far 13 laboratories have been used and are being processed.

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Amritsar: A doctor takes a sample from a man taken by KOVID-19 in Amritsar on Thursday 11 June 2020 during the ongoing national isolation. (PTI photo) ()

Any laboratory applying for an Empanel must be accredited by CIRM and is currently only used for the Covid-19 RT PCR test and the Covid-19 antibody test, Dr. Mina said.

In order to speed up the process of group formation, accreditation may be granted by the Director-General, ASN or their authorised representative after verification of the registration of the CIRM laboratory.

If the implementation is approved by the Director General, the SHA, the inspection process at district level can be carried out ex post facto according to the instructions of the State Health Service (SHA), it was said.

Once a test request has been submitted by the laboratory, it must be assessed by the NHA within four days.

If the application is rejected, the laboratory shall be informed of the reasons for the rejection and may appeal under the appeal procedure.

If the laboratory decides to withdraw from the health insurance system, it can only re-register with AB-PMJAY after a period of six months.

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