The webinar is based on the document entitled Laboratory Quality Control Based on Risk Management; Approved Guideline (EP23-A), which was published in October.
CLSI Announces December Webinar to Include CMS Statements on Embracing EP23 Concepts
Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA—December 2011—The Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) is hosting a webinar about the Implementation of EP23: A Practical Guide for Laboratory Quality Control Based on Risk Management on December 20, 2011, from 1:00–2:00 PM Eastern (US) Time. The webinar is based on the document entitled Laboratory Quality Control Based on Risk Management; Approved Guideline (EP23-A), which was published in October.
Judith A. Yost, MA, MT(ASCP), Director, Division Laboratory Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, will highlight how CMS plans to incorporate key EP23 concepts into CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) Interpretive Guidelines as an alternative quality control (QC) policy. This “Right QC,” detailed within EP23, permits laboratories to develop a custom alternative QC plan (QCP) using many of their existing quality practices.
James H. Nichols, PhD, DABCC, FACB, Medical Director, Clinical Chemistry at Baystate Health in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, and chairholder of the EP23 document development committee, will walk through the new EP23 implementation guideline that follows all the steps involved to reach the end goal of creating a new QCP based on risk. An example is used so that participants can relate to the steps involved, which include, but are not limited to, studying one’s QC toolbox, obtaining information about risk assessment, using the process map and the fishbone diagrams, performing the risk assessment, and assembling a QCP.
“I feel that the EP23 guideline is a powerful resource for laboratories to use to customize their quality control plans to their own specific laboratory settings,” explains Ms. Yost “It provides current research and views of laboratory quality control.”
In addition to the new document Laboratory Quality Control Based on Risk Management; Approved Guideline (EP23-A), a user-friendly workbook was designed to help users develop the right QCPs for their laboratories. For additional information, visit the CLSI website at www.clsi.org or call 610.688.0100.
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.
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