RE: HT Grossing


CLIA '88 lists the requirements for non-pathologists grossing. Grossing is considered high-complexity testing even if it's a punch biopsy or a shave. CLIA '88 states "On or before April 24 1995 (I) be a high school graduate or equivalent; and (b) have documentation of training appropriate for the test performed before analyzing patient specimens"................After that date it requires an associate degree in a biological or chemical science or medical laboratory technology -or- qualify as a medical technologist with a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution -or- earned a bachelor's degree in a chemical, physical, biologic or clinical laboratory science.

ref. CLIA '88 493.1489

Also CAP requires a written instruction detailing what specimens may be grossed with direct vs indirect pathologists' observation. Direct means that the pathologist literally watches over your shoulder while you gross the specimen. Indirect means that he is readily available to consult.

I hope this helps,

Charles R. Embrey Jr. PA(AAPA), HT(ASCP)
Histology Manager
Carle Clinic, Urbana Illinois 

(217) 383-6621 

-----Original Message-----
From: Cheasty, Sandra []
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 10:20 AM
To:; HistoNet (E-mail)
Subject: RE: HT Grossing

Whether a simple small skin tag or dissection of an entire colon, I was told by the local CLIA rep that the requirements are the same.
It falls under the CLIA High Complexity Testing Personnel Qualifications, Federal Register VOl. 60, No. 78, April 1995, section 493.1489.
If anyone out there can summarize the standard and post it on the Histonet, it would be greatly appreciated. Don't most HT's that have gone through a formal 2 or 4 year bonifide histology college program satisfy these requirements?

Sandra Cheasty 
Lab Operations Manager             
Loma Linda University Pathology 

 -----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 15:08
Subject: HT Grossing

Hello Everyone

Does anyone know the ruling concerning HT(ASCP) or HT eligible grossing small biopsies?

Thanks in advance for you input.

Steven Mello,HT(ASCP)
Anatomical Pathology Supervisor

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