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BACTERIOLOGY - D
D
Analytes/procedures in bold type are regulated for proficiency testing by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Procedure Challenges per Shipment Number of Shipments
Antimicrobial susceptibility testing 1 graded, 1 ungraded Three shipments per year
Bacterial antigen detection 2
Bacterial identification 5
Gram stain 1

Additional Information

Antigen detection challenges will be included in the following shipments:

  • Shipment A: C. difficile antigen/toxin* and spinal fluid meningitis panel
  • Shipment B: Spinal fluid meningitis panel and Group A Streptococcus
  • Shipment C: C. difficile antigen/toxin* and Group A Streptococcus

Program Information

  • Five swab specimens with diluents in duplicate for culture
  • Culture sources may include wounds, blood, respiratory, urines, stools and anaerobes on a rotational basis
  • Two specimens for bacterial antigen detection from the following:
    • One swab for Group A Streptococcus
    • One 1.0‑mL lyophilized specimen for spinal fluid meningitis testing
    • One 0.5‑mL lyophilized specimen for Clostridium difficile, for use with rapid or molecular testing methods

Shipping Schedule

  • Shipment A: February 4
  • Shipment B: June 10
  • Shipment C: October 7

*CMS has clarified that the C. difficile toxin test is not subject to CLIA regulations; therefore, toxin results will not be sent to CMS. Only C. difficile antigen results will be sent.






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