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

Kim Donadio one_angel_secret <@t> yahoo.com
Fri Apr 6 16:56:16 CDT 2012

I agree it's to short of a time frame. I wonder if it has some to do with the affordable care act ? 


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On Apr 6, 2012, at 4:40 PM, "Carol Torrence" <ctorrence <@t> kmcpa.com> wrote:

> I too have been through many CAP inspections in the past. Passing is not my
> concern - how about expense, prep time, time away to inspect a peer.    We
> are a small private lab also so this a bit of a pain.  There is no way that
> CAP will be able to accommodate the workload that will ensue if this becomes
> a trend. Which I think it will and there will be more insurance companies
> aligning themselves with the larger labs as "preferred".  My fear is that
> local healthcare will be so undercut that it will become more difficult if
> not impossible for even hospital labs to compete. I will never be convinced
> that big is better. 
> I believe Aetna will hear from CAP on this issue due to the increased
> workload to them...deadlines may have to be extended.  We are hearing from a
> CAP member that they will not be able to be accredited in such a short time,
> according to CAP.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kim Donadio [mailto:one_angel_secret <@t> yahoo.com] 
> Sent: Thursday, April 05, 2012 6:31 PM
> To: Katelin Lester
> Cc: Carol Torrence; histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
> Subject: Re: [Histonet] Aetna requiring CAP accreditation for non-hospital
> labs
> My lab can pass any inspection I have no fear Bring it on
> utube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=US#/watch?v=gAQCbczCt8s
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> On Apr 5, 2012, at 7:00 PM, Katelin Lester <katelin09htl <@t> gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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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