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)
Carle Clinic, Urbana Illinois
From: Cheasty, Sandra [mailto:SCheasty@ahs.llumc.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 10:20 AM
To: SMello8438@aol.com; HistoNet (E-mail)
Subject: RE: HT GrossingWhether 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?
Lab Operations Manager
Loma Linda University Pathology
From: SMello8438@aol.com [mailto:SMello8438@aol.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 15:08
Subject: HT GrossingHello Everyone
Does anyone know the ruling concerning HT(ASCP) or HT eligible grossing small biopsies?
Thanks in advance for you input.
Anatomical Pathology Supervisor