COVID-19 UPDATE

C-NET TESTING PROCEDURES DURING THE CURRENT COVID-19 OUTBREAK

                                                                   As new information becomes available, it will be posted here. Last Updated: 07/20/2021 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*C-NET HOURS:

      Starting on June 4TH 2021, C-NET's new office hours will be Monday thru Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM EST

      

*Application Submission

      To avoid duplicate charges, please do not submit the same application more than once. Applications may be submitted via fax, email, or post. 

      Be sure to keep a photocopy of your application for your own records.

*Permit Extensions/Absent from Test

      In June of 2020, C-NET began actively waiving the “Absent From Test” penalty fees for all candidates due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We did this in

     conjunction with our testing partner, PSI, who also agreed to waive their fees in light of the pandemic. Now, more than one year later, vaccination

      procedures are achieving their desired effect, and the number of PSI facility closures due to COVID has dramatically decreased. In light of these

     trends, we will be returning to the previous protocol for handling absences. Be advised that starting September 1ST, 2021, PSI will no longer

      waive fees for COVID-related absences at their testing locations. As such, candidates who miss their previously scheduled examinations with

     PSI will again be subject to the rescheduling fee stated in the current candidate handbook.  

 

*How long can I wait to schedule my examination?

      Once you have been registered to test by C-NET, our testing partner, PSI, will email you a scheduling link to active test sites in your area. If you

      are able, we suggest you schedule as soon as possible.

 

*What if I show up for my scheduled test date and the testing center is closed?

      Our normal procedure requires that you be contacted immediately if there are any changes to a specific test site in which you are currently

     scheduled. However, these are unprecedented times and since we prioritize the safety of our candidates first, it is conceivable that an emergency

      closure of a site could happen before all scheduled candidates are alerted. Naturally, should this unlikely scenario take place, we ask for your

      patience and understanding, and want you to know that you will be afforded every accommodation to retest at no charge. 

      

Information Specific to CCHT/CCHT-A Technicians

(Technicians with Federally Mandated Certifications)

*CMS 18-Month Rule Waiver

     The 18-month rule for dialysis technicians, which states that all chronic care dialysis technicians must become certified within 18-months of

     being hired, is part of the CMS’s End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Conditions for Coverage regulations/requirements. According to the public

     health emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, as declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) under section 319 of the Public Health

     Service Act (42 U.S.C. §247d): 

 

     The decision to waive the 18-month rule requirement for dialysis technicians remains in effect and "will likely remain in place for the entirety of   

     2021. When a decision is made to terminate the declaration or let it expire, HHS will provide states with 60 days’ notice prior to termination".

 

     While it is likely that this waiver will persist until the end of the national health emergency, the decision to renew the waiver is reevaluated every

     90 days.  

 

     *ESRD Conditions for Coverage Waiver Renewal

     Last renewed on 7/20/2021

     Next Evaluation Date: 10/18/2021

 

     Be advised that there is currently no provision to granting additional time past the health emergency, and dialysis facilities are expected to be in 

     compliance when the health emergency is lifted.

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List of Currently Opened Test Sites

C-NET has resumed testing (meeting social distancing requirements)  in various locations throughout the United States in accordance with federal and state guidelines and will continue to adds sites as they become available. Once you have been registered to test by C-NET, PSI will send you a link to active testing locations in your area.

 TEST SITE INFORMATION

     

            Read THIS before clicking the link below:

      •     For an up-to-date list of which sites are open, CLICK HERE.

      •     For a list of FAQs about PPE and other COVID-19 implemented 

            precautions at PSI test sites, CLICK HERE.

 TESTING SAFELY 

during a national health emergency

 

Information regarding scheduling

and tentative site closures during 

the current

COVID-19 outbreak

 

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