Contact: Peter Patterson
(202) 835-8718
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Email: ppatterson@aacc.org

Friday, September 2, 2011

Washington, DC – September 2, 2011           The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) announces a webinar Making Proficiency Testing Work for You to be held on Wednesday, October 12 at 2:00 pm.  The webinar will last 90 minutes.

With the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) working on updating the requirements in the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), Proficiency Testing (PT) is once again a major issue for the laboratory.  Potential changes in the pipeline include expansion of the list of regulated analytes, new grading criteria for PT, and a new mechanism for determining which analytes should be added to, or removed from, the regulated list.

How can the laboratory prepare for what lies ahead?  The best way is by evaluating existing PT practices and focusing on the ultimate goal of ensuring accuracy and reliability in the testing process.  During this webinar, participants will hear from CLIA’s administrator who provide an update on the upcoming proposed rule on Proficiency Testing, and from a laboratorian who has worked on the College of American Pathologists’ Chemistry Resources Committee and will discuss new trends of PT and provide advice on how best to use it as a quality management tool.

The expert panel for the webinar is Judith Yost, MA, MT(ASCP), Director of the Division of Laboratories, CMS (Baltimore, MD), and Gary Horowitz, MD, Medical Director, Clinical Chemistry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston, MA) who will discuss how laboratories can investigate unexpected results or ‘near misses’ and fix what is causing them; comply with CLIA rules governing PT and PT referral; take advantage of options offered by CMS for addressing and managing a PT failure; use an ‘accuracy-based’ approach and identify analytes that benefit most from them; and avoid the most common PT mistakes.  The webinar is moderated by Robert Murray, JD, PhD, Director of Technology, Midwest Diagnostic Pathology (Park Ridge, IL).

AACC invites interested journalists to participate in this timely webinar and hear about the latest developments in this important aspect of the laboratory’s work.  To register, complete and submit a Press Registration Form.  For more information about the webinar or AACC, contact Peter Patterson by email or on either on the above phone numbers.

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