[Histonet] Aetna requiring CAP accreditation for non-hospital labs

Kim Donadio one_angel_secret <@t> yahoo.com
Thu Apr 5 16:09:14 CDT 2012

Hmm I found a letter regarding this.


I must say the time restraint  seems short but I am not surprised they are wanting it. With today's reimbursement rates and the economy we are in ins companies want to insure they get the highest quality of service for their  dollars. 
I'm a little surprised they specifically want CAP though but nit that much. CLIA has deemed CAP authority to guide in the area of quality accreditation.  
No need to panic though. Remember. Times are changing and prosperity favors the ones who act upon knowledge :) 
Kim D
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On Apr 5, 2012, at 3:16 PM, "Carol Torrence" <ctorrence <@t> kmcpa.com> wrote:

> We have received notification from AETNA that they now require non-hospital
> labs to be accredited by CLIA and CAP.  The letter makes it obvious that by
> making such a request that they are not aware that CLIA assigned deemed
> status to CAP and CLIA is actually the gatekeeper.  Secondly we are told to
> be registered by May 1st and accredited by August 1st (which CAP says is
> impossible) or we will have to send our lab to either Quest or Ameripath
> which includes Dermpath Diagnostics division.  It fails to mention that
> there are other CAP accredited non hospital labs in our state.  The Aetna
> contact number is either 'mailbox full" or even after leaving a message, no
> return call.  Me thinks me smells a rat.
> If you are a non-hospital lab, have you heard of this?  Does your
> dematopathologist or pathologist know this is coming?  I am interested in
> your comments.
> Carol M. Torrence, HT(ASCP)CM 
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