Bonnie is correct regarding the CLIA rules but one thing puzzles me:
Supposedly in order to inspect instead of CLIA as CAP is authorized to
do, their regulations must be at least as stringent as CLIA if not more
so. This being so, how can CAP change its grossing regulation to one
less stringent than CLIA?
Judy Collins, CT,HT(ASCP)
Palm Beach Pathology
CAP has changed it's definition of grossing but most CAP labs are also
required to follow CLIA, even though they aren't inspected by CLIA.
Don't forget about that if you bill Medicare. They COULD come in and do
an unannounced inspection and zap you if your grossers don't meet the
CLIA standards for high complexity testing one way or another.
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