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Natalia Rost, MD, Neurology, answeredAlthough blood clotting testing is offered at hospitals and clinics, an increasing number of patients are using home testing kits, which are now a reliable adjunct to clinic-based testing. Home testing is covered by Medicare and other insurers. Several different kits are available, but all involve the same process: squeezing a drop of blood on a test strip inserted in a hand-held monitor, and reading the results on the monitor screen. A report from a large study at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities found that weekly home monitoring was as safe and effective as monthly monitoring at a clinic. However, if you're thinking of switching from a lab to home testing, check with your doctor.