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Many laboratories have successfully utilized Equivalent Quality Control (EQC), as an alternate QC option for technologies that have internal quality control mechanisms, as allowed for in 42CFR493.1250. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will soon be publishing guidance for a new, more meaningful alternate QC option that will replace EQC. The new alternate QC option is called Individualized Quality Control Plan (IQCP), and it embraces the concept of Risk Assessment in determining the “right” QC for your laboratory. This recorded webinar will help you prepare for this transition and provide you with the information you will need to develop your QC plan.
Participants will be able to:
- Follow the evolution of IQCP from conception to implementation.
- Apply Risk Assessment tools in determining the “right QC” for your laboratory.
- Walk through a sample Risk Assessment.
The course links you to an archived version of the webinar slide and audio program, and to available pdf file resources. Your computer must have audio capabilities to hear the audio portion of the presentation.
You must successfully complete the quiz and submit the course evaluation to receive credit.
Kathy Nucifora, MPH, MT(ASCP) received her Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology from Ball State University, and her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Wichita State University. She has a wide range of experience managing clinical laboratories, including large and small POLs, and large and small hospital laboratories. She has also taught Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis in the MLT program at the Community College of Baltimore County, and has lectured on many relevant laboratory topics to a variety of audiences. Recently, Kathy served on the CLSI workgroup that developed companion products for Evaluation Protocol 23 (EP23), and she has been the Accreditation Division Manager at COLA since 2009, and was promoted to Accreditation Division Director in June 2014.
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