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ISDH Issues Advisory Letter on Home Health Agency Employee Drug Testing

Posted Jun 17, 20171 min Read


The Indiana General Assembly passed House Enrolled Act 1493 during the 2017 legislative session, which included a requirement for Home Health Agencies (HHAs) to drug test employees beginning July 1, 2017 that are not licensed under IC 25 and that have direct contact with clients.  The Indiana State Department of Health released this advisory letter to help guide HHAs through the various components of the requirements.  The requirements include drug testing using a 5-panel test that tests for amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, opiates and PCP.  The tests must be conducted upon hire, upon reasonable suspicion of use, and 50% of eligible employees must be tested annually.  There is possible overlap between these requirements and the guidance letter addresses these scenarios.

Questions about this requirement  can be directed to Randy Snyder at the ISDH at (317) 233-1286 or  You may also contact Zach Cattell or Lori Davenport at IHCA/INCAL.

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Zach Cattell, President, Indiana Health Care Association