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CDC UpdateLab Quality: Vision for the Future of CLIAMay 11, 2010

MariBeth Gagnon, MS CT(ASCP)HTL

Laboratory Science and Regulation

Laboratory Science Policy and Practice Program Office (proposed)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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  • Organizational Improvement

  • CDC’s Current Activities

    • CLIAC activities

    • Laboratory Medicine Best Practices project

    • Genetic testing quality improvement activities

    • Rapid influenza testing surveys

    • Laboratory Medicine Roadmap and Integrations Workgroups

    • Assessment of cytology practices

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Organizational Improvement

Based on Dr. Frieden′s five priorities:

  • Strengthen surveillance, epidemiology, laboratory services

  • Improve ability to support state, tribal, local, and territorial public health

  • Increase global health impact

  • Increase policy impact

  • Better prevent illness, injury, disability, and death

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CLIAC Activities

  • Goal

    • Manage CLIAC and subcommittees/workgroups to meet the needs of the CLIA program and assure compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA)

  • Status

    • 2 meetings per year – February and September

    • Workgroups

      • Active – Proficiency Testing

      • Inactive – Molecular and Biochemical Genetic Testing

      • Inactive – Waived testing

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Health Information Technology and Electronic Health Record

  • February 2010 CLIAC meeting presentations

    • Office on the National Coordinator

    • Agency Updates – CMS, CDC, and FDA

    • Engleberg Center for Healthcare Reform @ the Brooking Institute

    • Manufacturers perspective – Sunquest Information Systems

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EHR Incentive Program

  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) bills that apply to laboratories

    • ONC interim rule standards and certification criteria

    • CMS proposed rule on incentives program (meaningful use)

    • ONC proposed rule on certifying programs

  • CLIA Issues

    • Authorized user

    • Perceived impediments to exchange of information

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Proficiency Testing Workgroup

  • Members

    • Chair: James Nichols, Ph.D.

    • Microbiology Co-Chair: Gerri Hall, Ph.D.

    • Members represent stakeholders with respect to proficiency testing and include:

      • Laboratory experts

      • Proficiency testing program experts

      • Accreditation/state licensure experts

      • Government ex officios

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Proficiency Testing Workgroup

  • Charge

    • Provide input to CLIAC for consideration in making recommendations to HHS regarding revisions to the CLIA requirements for proficiency testing (PT) specified in subparts H and I of the regulations

  • Proficiency Testing Workgroup Schedule

    • Meeting dates: March 10-11, 2010

    • Follow-up teleconferences are ongoing

    • CLIAC report: September 1-2, 2010

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Proficiency Testing Workgroup

  • Topics to Address

    • Update list of CLIA-regulated analytes

    • Revise the criteria for acceptable performance for CLIA-regulated analytes (target values acceptable limits, current and proposed)

    • Changes to specialties or subspecialties that do not have regulated analytes (microbiology)

    • Clarification of the requirements for PT referral

    • Appropriate PT for evolving technology, such as telemedicine

    • Other changes needed to update and improve CLIA PT

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Molecular Genetic Testing Activities

  • Published commentaries and articles

  • Created fact sheets for laboratorians and clinicians

  • Assist CLSI with guidance document (MM20) on quality management

  • Presented at professional conferences (AMP, ACMG, SIMD, AACC)

  • Developing training courses and workshops

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Biochemical Genetic Testing

  • Workgroup – Carol Greene, chair

  • Workgroup report presented to CLIAC – February 9, 2010

  • CLIAC made recommendations

  • Writing MMWR R&R Good Laboratory Practices Biochemical Genetic Testing

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Waived Testing Activities

  • Developed poster or postcard “Top Ten” good laboratory practices for waived testing

  • Publish educational booklet for those who perform waived testing (in clearance)

  • Developing booklet for directors and/or supervisors

  • Developing on-line training course for non-laboratorians

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Laboratory Medicine Best Practices


Make evidence-based recommendations for quality improvement in the practice of laboratory medicine


Developed methods for evaluating quality improvement evidence of effectiveness


Systematic Reviews

Quality/Performance Measures

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Systematic Reviews

  • 3 pilot test topics & 7 practices

    • Improving specimen identification

      • Barcoding

      • POCT barcoding

    • Improving critical values reporting

      • Automated electronic notification

      • Call center

    • Reducing blood culture contamination

      • Venipuncture vs. Catheter

      • Phlebotomy team

      • Commercial prep kit

        4/7 practices had sufficient evidence to recommend as a best practice

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Plans for Systematic Reviews

Manuscript on LMBP methodology used for conducting the systematic reviews

Technical guide on transparent procedures for replication of the study methods

Manuscripts for the topic-specific evidence reviews

Web-based tutorial to increase awareness of LMBP methods and key components of providing evidence for reviews

Scientific presentations

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Evidence-Based Lab Medicine Quality/Performance Measures

Cooperative agreements – 3rd and final year

Kaiser Permanente -Laboratory tests for chronic kidney disease

Texas Dept of State Health Services - Newborn screening timeliness of diagnosis/ treatment

Univ. of Colorado (Denver) - Pre and postanalytic laboratory medicine indicators

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Evidence-Based Lab Medicine Quality/Performance Measures

  • Standardized, evidence-based quality measures developed for diverse lab settings

    • Prepaid health plans - outpatient chronic disease - 4 measures

    • Public health labs – newborn screening - 16 pre- and 18 post-analytic measures

    • University hospitals – anatomic pathology -6 quality indicators

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Evidence-Based Lab Medicine Quality/Performance Measures

  • Planned Activities

    • Pilot test identified measures

    • Collect data collection to verify QI outcome

    • Publish methods and findings peer-reviewed journals

    • Disseminate information at professional conferences

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Genetic Testing Quality Improvement

Genetic Testing in Clinical Practice: A Team Approach

Interactive Multimedia Learning

Focus: Learning about the use of genetic tests in clinical practice through simulation

Users: Clinicians, Medical Schools

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Genetic Testing Quality Improvement

Government Agencies

Academic, Clinical Genetic Testing Labs

Cell Repositories

Patient Advocacy Groups

IVD Manufacturers

Professional Organizations

A Collaborative CDC-based program to improve the availability of reference materials for genetic testing


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GeT-RM Projects

Completed Projects

Fragile X

Huntington Disease

Cystic Fibrosis

Ashkenazi Jewish Panel

9 disorders including Tay-Sachs and Canavan disease



Multiple endocrine neoplasia Type 2A

Alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency

  • Ongoing Projects

  • Pharmacogenetic

  • (20 markers!)

  • Newborn Screening

  • Cytogenetics

  • Molecular oncology

  • Biochemical Genetics

Over 200DNA RM characterized by GeT-RM

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Rapid Influenza Testing Survey with the Joint Commission

  • Goal

    • To assess rapid influenza test usage in -Emergency Dept. (ED)

      Community health centers (CHC)

      Physician office laboratories (POLs)

      • Types of rapid influenza tests in use

      • Training and competency of personnel

      • Adherence to “Good Laboratory Practices”

      • Impact on treatment - antivirals and antibiotics

      • Perceived utility of test

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Rapid Influenza Testing Survey with The Joint Commission

  • Second survey (2010)

    • Revised based on H1N1 outbreak

    • Sensitivity 40-70% for Influenza A H1N1

    • Changes in testing practices since H1N1

    • Impact of H1N1 on diagnosis and treatment of patients with Influenza Like Illness

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Laboratory Medicine Roadmap Workgroup

  • Goal

    • Create an action plan to help the laboratory community move from the present state to optimized patient care (6 IOM domains)

  • Status

    • Paper to describe the actions that increase the value of laboratory medicine through research & innovation, information technology, outreach, incentives, prioritization and implementation of activities

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Laboratory Medicine Integrations Workgroup

  • Goal

    • Develop systems to improve selection and interpretation of laboratory tests

  • Status

    • Develop algorithms for test selection

    • Define challenges in test ordering & result interpretation

      • Focus groups for clinicians

      • Survey of medical school curricula

      • Develop clinical vignettes for testing residents

      • Develop protocol for inspecting clinical pathology residency programs to assess consultation education provided

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Assessment of Cytology Practices

  • Cooperative agreements

    • College of American Pathologists

    • Michigan Public Health Institute

    • Goals of two are complimentary

    • Funded for 2010-2011

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Assessment of Cytology Practices

  • College of American Pathologists

    • Survey all cytology labs

    • Review current practices (specimen types/methods, QC, PT, problem solving)

    • Analyze responses

    • Post on CAP website for comment

    • Convene a consensus conference in 2011

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Assessment of Cytology Practices

  • Michigan Public Health Institute

    • Survey pap smear providers

    • Review test request and report formats, lab role in clinical management

    • Partner with MI Cancer Consortium

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CDC Contact Information

  • CDC CLIA website:

  • CLIA phone line: 404-498-2290

  • MariBeth Gagnon: 404-498-2745 or