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

Cristi stephenson cls71877 <@t> sbcglobal.net
Fri Apr 6 13:45:15 CDT 2012

We are a small GI lab.  While we have not yet received this notice, we have 
heard the rumors and found a letter via Google.  We are State compliant as we 
cannot solicit other practices for work.  The idea we have to be CAP accredited 
seems a little much.  As stated by someone else, CLIA has granted the privilege 
of certifying labs to many other governing bodies.  i believe our State 
inspector is just as competent and demanding of a quality product for quality 
patient care as any CAP inspector would be.  Also, the time constraint is 
completely unreasonable.  We just passed our State inspection with no 
deficiencies last month and have no intentions of making any changes until 
otherwise forced!  In speaking with my director, I believe it is our plan to 
appeal and protest if we receive do receive this notice.  


From: Katelin Lester <katelin09htl <@t> gmail.com>
To: Carol Torrence <ctorrence <@t> kmcpa.com>
Cc: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Sent: Thu, April 5, 2012 4:00:44 PM
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Aetna requiring CAP accreditation for non-hospital labs

We also received this notice. We contacted our local CLIA office who had
heard of it this week as well. We are a small lab, so we are not sure yet
how this change will impact us. I'd also be curious to know what smaller,
private labs are planning on doing.
Katelin Lester, HTL
Gastroenterology Specialists of Oregon, P.C.
Pathology Laboratory
(971) 224-2408

On Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 12:16 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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