Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA-March 2012-Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) announces the webinar “What’s New and Upcoming for CLIA?,” taking place on April 4, 2012, from 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time. The webinar will provide current CLIA stats, including the top ten deficiencies cited during Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) surveys, along with some compliance tips. It will offer an overview of CMS’ implementation plans for the CLSI document “Laboratory Quality Control Based on Risk Management; Approved Guideline” (EP23-A), called Individualized Quality Control Plans (IQCP). It also offers a review of policies for personnel qualifications and competency assessment and updates on the status of the Patient Access and Proficiency Testing regulations. The program will explain a new Centers of Disease Control and Prevention CDC/CMS developed CLIA program performance measure called “Ready, Set, Test!” for waived laboratories.
The webinar speaker is Judith A. Yost, MA, MT(ASCP), Director, Division of Laboratory Services at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The learning level for this class is intermediate.
At the end of this webinar attendees will:
1. Describe ideas for CLIA compliance and the rationale for certain CMS policies based on the most frequent survey deficiencies cited.
2. List the enrollment statistics by certificate types for CLIA laboratories to better understand the program’s direction toward education for waived laboratories.
3. Explain the latest and greatest information about CMS’ new QC policy for non-waived laboratories (IQCP) and what it means to their laboratory.
Each webinar participant will receive 1.0 Continuing Education Credit. CLSI is an approved provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) P.A.C.E.® Program.
CLSI is a volunteer-driven, membership-supported, nonprofit organization dedicated to developing standards and guidelines for the health care and medical testing community through a consensus process that balances the perspectives of industry, government, and the health care professions. For additional information, visit the CLSI website at www.clsi.org or call 610.688.0100