This activity is part of the Laboratory Medical Director (LMD) learning series. Save 10% when you purchase all of the courses in this series together. Below are the courses included in the series. Click here to see all courses in the series.
- Achieving Regulatory and Accreditation Compliance
- Driving Excellence: Tools and Strategies for Managing Quality
- Getting Your Message Across: Effective Communication Strategies
- Good Laboratory Decisions for Better Patient Care
- Improving Patient Outcomes: Managing Risk and Reducing Errors
- Successful Laboratory Leadership: Taking Action and Getting Results
- Working Together for Success: Key Strategies for Building Teams
This activity originally released as Achieving Regulatory and Accreditation Compliance and was available between December 12, 2019, and December 12, 2022. The content was reviewed in May 2022.
NOTE: This course includes 2021 CAP accreditation checklist requirements. Please check your current CAP accreditation checklists for the most recent updates.
In this day-in-the-life activity, you will take on the role of laboratory medical director and face several challenges. In each situation, you will decide how to proceed based on the CLIA and the CAP Standards of Laboratory Accreditation. Your journey will include making decisions on delegating tasks, performing proficiency testing, selecting new instruments, providing clinical consultation, and adhering to workload requirements. It will prepare you to perform the everyday tasks necessary for continuously complying with federal regulations and obtaining accreditation.
The activity includes an optional pretest that gauges your current knowledge of regulatory and accreditation requirements and directs you to the content in which you may want to spend more time. It also includes a 10-question assessment.
As a result of participating in this activity, you should be able to:
- Describe the impact of regulatory oversight on laboratory testing.
- List the laboratory medical director responsibilities for ensuring that testing systems provide quality services in all aspects of test performance.
- Explain the process for obtaining and maintaining a certificate of accreditation.
Michael C. Dugan, MD, FCAP
Michael O. Idowu, MD, MPH, FCAP
Richard M. Scanlan, MD, FCAP
Stephen J. Sarewitz, MD, FCAP
Accreditation: The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
CME Category 1: The College of American Pathologists designates this internet enduring material educational activity for a
maximum of 2.5
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
CE (Continuing Education for nonphysicians): The CAP designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2.5 credit(s) of continuing education. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity is approved for continuing education credit in the states of California and Florida.
The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) accepts this activity to meet the continuing education requirements.
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This activity and evaluation are available December 13, 2022 and expire December 12, 2025 11:59 PM (CT). Upon completion of the activity your credit will be awarded. Your certificate may be downloaded from your Transcript.