Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program Earns Federal Stamp of Approval

Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program Earns Federal Stamp of Approval

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A medical laboratory proficiency testing (PT) program sponsored by the American Society of Internal Medicine (ASIM) has earned the approval of the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA). HCFA's approval means laboratories that successfully participate in ASIM's Medical Laboratory Evaluation (MLE) program will be recognized as meeting the PT requirements mandated by the 1988 Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA).

MLE director Carol Gorove says CLIA's PT requirements apply to all moderate- and high-complexity laboratories - regardless of whether they are federally or State certified, or privately accredited by programs such as the Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation (COLA). Gorove says that means the vast majority of physician office laboratories must enroll in a federally approved PT program, such as MLE.

By law, the laboratory personnel who normally perform patient testing must also perform PT. Although laboratories don't have to enroll in PT until 1994, Gorove says they should enroll now. "Labs that wait until the last minute are at a disadvantage because of the learning curve involved in PT. I'd recommend that lab personnel sign up (for a PT program) as soon as possible to get a better sense of what it takes to successfully participate in proficiency testing."

At least three times a year, laboratories enrolled in MLE receive scheduled shipments of specimens of unknown value for testing. …

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