The Bureau of Laboratories is changing several of its policies concerning the regulation of laboratories under Pennsylvania’s Clinical Laboratory Act. Please review the following information carefully as these changes are likely to have a significant impact on the operation of your laboratory.
The Bureau’s Pennsylvania Limited Survey proficiency testing program, which was designed to aid laboratories in complying with the previous requirement that laboratories participate in proficiency testing for CLIA-waived tests, will be discontinued in 2013.
Since the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has decided no longer to provide proficiency materials to Laboratories under its jurisdiction,where can you go for your proficiency needs?
The equivalent programs from AAB-PTS are listed below:
Event Catalog # 2013 Price AAB Program Name PA Program Name
NC 2009403 $139 H. pylori Antibody H. pylori Antibody
NC 1011273 $111 Hemoglobin & Hematocrit Hematocrit (spun only)
NC 1011273 $111 Hemoglobin & Hematocrit Hemoglobin (Hemacue & Hemapoint)
NC 2009423 $111 Infectious Mononucleosis Infectious Mononucleosis
NC 1011283 $138 HIV Oral Fluid, Waived Rapid HIV
NC 2091055 $136 Influenza, Waived Rapid Influenza
NC 1011323 $84 Strep Screen, Waived Rapid Strep
C 1009133 $64 Urinalysis Urinalysis
C 1011303 $67 Pregnancy, Urine, Waived Urine Pregnancy
C 1009163 $69 Glucose, WB, Basic, Single Site Whole Blood Glucose
C 1011263 $79 Chemistry, Waived Whole Blood Lipids
Chemistry (C) programs ship in January, April and September.
Non-Chemistry (NC) programs ship in February, May and October.
Visit us at www.aab-pts.org/PAlabs or call 800-234-5315 for more information
Visit us at www.aab-pts.org for additional PT programs
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• Asistencia telefónica en español para nuestros clientes
• Instrucciones del kit español disponibles
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We are standardizing our codes used in all our testing events for 2012. All method codes, reagent codes and instrument codes are affected in ALL proficiency programs. Result codes for Non-Chemistry and Andrology/Embryology programs have changed as well. Only Non-Chemistry and Andrology/Embryology result codes have changed; the result codes for Chemistry programs will remain the same as previous years.
Method codes, reagent codes and instrument codes are now 4 digit codes and are different from previous year’s codes. You must use all 4 digits in your coding, including preceding zeros. You must be careful when coding Basic Chemistry and Comprehensive Chemistry analyte methods. While you may start to see the same reagent code for reagents used with a particular instrument, not all analytes for that instrument will have that same code, especially when the manufacturer provides different methods for the same analyte on their instrument. You should code each analyte by referring to the Reagent Codes lists for Basic Chemistry and Comprehensive Chemistry that are provided in your testing event shipment. Refer to the specific analyte list on those pages. The Chemistry Master List of Instrument Codes is provided in every shipment for those tests needing an instrument code. For other Chemistry programs, plus Non-Chemistry and Andrology/Embryology programs, the new 4 digit method/reagent codes are listed directly on your red result reporting form.
As always, whenever a code is not listed for your method, reagent or instrument, leave that section blank on your online or paper reporting form. For online reporting, include a comment on your report regarding the missing code and fax a copy of your reagent package insert to us at 713-781-5008. Always write your AAB account number on the insert when sending the document. For those mailing result forms, include a copy of the reagent package insert with your result forms and make sure you write your AAB account number on the insert.
Result codes are now 3 digits for all qualitative results in Non-Chemistry and Andrology/Embryology, including yes/no and neg/pos responses. You must use all 3 digits, including preceding zeros. Parasite organism codes are now 3 digits as well. Bacterial organism codes were historically 3 digits, but the 3 digit codes for those have changed. Refer to all the new codes provided on your red resulting form or on the Master List of Organism Codes in your shipment. This master list is also available on our website homepage at the Catalog/Forms link on the gray toolbar.
BLOOD CELL ID PLUS MANUAL DIFF
Certainly, manual blood differentials are nothing new in the world of hematology, but our Blood Cell ID Plus is BIG NEWS!
Sure AAB-PTS has brought you phenomenal imaging for proficiency testing that functions just like a microscope and slide but even this is not NEW “NEWS”. This is program more than just being able to adjust the focus, contrast and magnification as you would for your patient slides.
Now perform hematology manual slides exactly as you would a patient’s slide, whether that means counting 25, 50, 100 or even more WBC’s. You can review the entire slide, count 100 WBC’s on 100X and recheck another 50 WBC’s with 50X, even evaluate the RBC and Platelet morphologies the same as a real patient. Now that’s big news!
We are listening and responding to your needs!
In 2011 we redesigned our Immunohematology to better meet the needs of most laboratories. “Now for the rest of the story”…
Are you one of those labs that perform Rh (D) testing but not ABO testing? Well, take a look at our new Immunohematology Program designed just for you! No matter if you use the slide or tube method, this program is for you. Because this program has been developed to mimic whole blood concentrations, you treat the samples as you would a patient sample. Now what could be simpler than that?
It’s in there – URINE DRUG SCREEN program.
As more hospitals, clinics and practices adopt 100% Smoke-free policies, we have responded by added Cotinine to our drug screen menu… have you?
What about WAIVED Testing
Perhaps you are opening a new satellite lab that will perform community screening tests in a non-traditional setting. Or maybe you have setup a mini-lab for diabetic care or the ER/OR. We offer a nice range of waived testing programs as follows:
Blood Lead, Waived
Chemistry, i-STAT, Waived
Drug Screen, Urine
H & H
HIV, Oral Fluids, Waived
Influenza A/B, Waived
Pregnancy, Qualitative, Urine
Strep Group A Antigen Screen, Waived
Welcome to the first post from AAB-Proficiency Testing Service’s first blog. We’re launching a blog because we know you want to be better informed of additions and changes to our Proficiency Testing programs.
In this space you can look forward to news, announcements, and helpful articles to make sure you are doing the best PT you can. This week you can expect an article about new programs we’ve added this year and for the next few weeks we’ll try to give you a more in depth look at the changes to this year’s Chemistry programs. After that we’ll take a look at the Non-Chemistry and Andrology & Embryology programs. Here and there, we’ll pepper in announcements and news to make sure you’re informed of what’s going on in Proficiency Testing Service.
We hope the PTS Blog will be another resource as you go through your proficiency testing all year.