Two labs receive high marks during inspections
Congratulations to the LMH Lab and the Internal Medicine Group Lab for recent successes during surveys. Our patients certainly are in good hands.
By Caroline Trowbridge, Lawrence Memorial Hospital
The IMG Lab recently was accredited by the nonprofit COLA, an independent, physician-directed accreditor. The lab earned COLA’s Laboratory Excellence Award following an inspection during which no deficiencies were found. According to information from COLA, it accredits only those labs that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey. The IMG lab is inspected every two years, and has received the excellence award for about 10 years.
The LMH lab was inspected by the College of American Pathologists, which accredits the entire spectrum of laboratory test disciplines with the most scientifically rigorous customized checklist requirements. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program deeming authority, which allows CAP inspection in lieu of a CMS inspection. It is also recognized by The Joint Commission, and can be used to meet many state certification requirements. Examples of some of the laboratory sections inspected include blood bank, microbiology, molecular, chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, coagulation, histology, cytology, general lab, quality, personnel qualifications and safety. The majority of the laboratory sections were deficiency free, and the few deficiencies that were cited involved minor changes in policy and procedure that have already been addressed by the laboratory team. Areas of focus continue to be consistency across multiple procedures and signature review and approval of required documentation.