August 26, 2021
Potential shortage of Lead Testing kits

Applies to: Mercy Care Complete Care, Mercy Care DD, Mercy Care RBHA, Mercy Care Long Term Care, and Mercy DCS-CHP

Mercy Care has received the below information from AHCCCS and want to share with our provider network.

The CDC has made us aware of a potential shortage of LeadCare® test kits used to analyze capillary blood lead samples from patients following the recall on July 2, 2021. This shortage of LeadCare® test kits may result in fewer children receiving blood lead tests in their jurisdictions. 
If LeadCare® test kits are unavailable, the CDC strongly recommends that healthcare providers not delay required blood lead testing for children. Blood lead testing can be done with either a venous or capillary blood sample, both of which can be submitted to a laboratory for analysis with higher complexity methods. Healthcare providers should contact laboratories for recommended blood collection supplies. 
More information about this potential shortage and blood lead testing is available at https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/news/potential-shortage-of-test-kits-following-recall.html.  

As always, don't hesitate to contact your Mercy Care Network Management Representative with any questions or comments. You can find this notice and all other provider notices on our Mercy Care website.

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