CHA News Article

CMS Issues New Laboratory Individual Quality Control Plan

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a new individualized quality control plan (IQCP) for laboratories, to begin Jan. 1, 2014, and conclude Jan. 1, 2016. IQCP is voluntary and will provide laboratories with flexibility in customizing quality control policies and procedures based on each laboratory’s test systems and unique aspects. During the education and transition period between Jan. 1, 2014, and Jan. 1, 2016, laboratories will have three acceptable quality control options: 1) follow the CLIA regulatory requirements as written, 2) continue to follow the Equivalent Quality Control (EQC) procedures as described in the current interpretive guidelines in Appendix C, and 3) implement IQCP. More information about the IQCP option is available in the attached CMS memo.