Webinar CEexpress 17: Good Laboratory Practices for Physician Office Testing

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1 P.A.C.E.®




Nancy Anderson, MMSc, MT(ASCP)
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Do you perform point-of-care testing?

Do you perform waived testing?

Are you considering implementing either of these?

Current trends show an increase in medical decisions based on tests performed in physician offices and other points of patient care.  This recorded presentation will provide an overview of recommended practices to assure the quality of testing performed in these locations, especially sites that only perform testing waived under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA).

In addition, the presentation will describe considerations needed prior to implementing testing or adding a new test in a laboratory or point-of-care setting.  Lastly, it will provide a source of free educational materials that have been developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to promote good laboratory practices in CLIA-waived and other testing sites.

This Webinar CEexpress course focuses on:

  • The benefits of performing testing in physician offices and at the point of patient care;
  • Increases in this testing that have occurred since 1992;
  • Good Laboratory Practices to assure quality in all phases of the testing process; and
  • Items to consider before implementing testing or adding a new test to a laboratory test menu.

The course links you to an archived version of the webinar slide and audio program, and to available pdf file resources.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.

This course has been approved for P.A.C.E.® credit.  You must successfully complete the quiz and submit the course evaluation to receive credit.

Nancy Anderson, MMSc, MT(ASCP) Chief, Laboratory Practice Standards Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Ms. Anderson received her BS Degree at Houghton College and her Master of Medical Science (MMSc) Degree in Clinical Microbiology from Emory University.  She is certified as a Medical Technologist by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Her experience prior to the CDC includes working in several clinical laboratories and serving as the Program Coordinator for Emory University’s MMSc programs in the clinical laboratory sciences.  After working for 14 years in the CDC’s Laboratory Practice Standards Branch (LPSB), Division of Laboratory Science and Standards, Nancy is now Chief of LPSB.  As part of this Division (that provides scientific and technical support for the CLIA program) Nancy’s responsibilities include:

  • Providing oversight of activities to develop regulatory and voluntary standards for laboratory quality;
  • Managing the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC);
  • Supporting CMS responsibilities for proficiency testing program and accrediting organization approvals;
  • Collaborating with CMS and FDA regarding CLIA; and
  • Providing information to laboratories, healthcare professionals, and the public to promote the importance of regulatory compliance and following good laboratory practices.

Nancy is a member of and collaborates with several professional laboratory organizations; and has published and presented information pertaining to CLIA and laboratory quality at a number of professional meetings.

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