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Perhaps? CMS Recommends Withdraw of Proposed Cytology PT Rule

By: Jana Sullinger, MD  On: Thu 21 of Oct., 2010 23:00 MDT  (12413 Reads)
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At the last CLIAC meeting held Sept 1-2, 2010, CMS recommended withdrawal of the proposed cytology PT rule(external link). CMS suggested continuation of current PT standards.

Cytology Proficiency Testing Proposed Rule

By: Jana Sullinger, MD  On: Sat 02 of May, 2009 17:45 MDT  (251800 Reads)
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The Cytology Proficiency Testing Proposed Rule was published in the Federal Register on January 16, 2009.

Cytology Proficiency Act of 2007

By: Jana Sullinger, MD  On: Sat 21 of Apr., 2007 21:05 MDT  (8747 Reads)
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Cytology Proficiency Act of 2007 Introduced in the House

U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN) and Tom Price (R-GA) to modify the controversial federal regulations requiring annual proficiency testing of pathologists and laboratory professionals who screen for cervical cancer. HR1237 has been referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

ASCP Acquires Complete MIME Cytology Product Line

By: Jana Sullinger, MD  On: Tue 28 of Feb., 2006 08:23 MST  (15626 Reads)
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ASCP Now Offering Cytology PT

The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) has acquired the complete cytology product line of the Midwest Institute for Medical Education (MIME), and will immediately offer CMS-approved gynecological cytology proficiency testing and education.

CMS Announces Continuation of Educational Approach for Cytology PT in 2006

By: Jana Sullinger, MD  On: Tue 24 of Jan., 2006 14:59 MST  (59439 Reads)
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SPECIAL REPORT
Educational Approach for Cytology PT to Continue in 2006

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced yesterday (1-23-06) in a letter addressed to Cytology Laboratory Directors (http://cytopathnet.org/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=195(external link)) that they will be continuing the educational approach to Cytology PT for 2006. The CMS acknowledged the efforts of the professional community in meeting the mandate for 2005, and affirmed its national effort in improving the healthcare of women, for calendar year (CY) 2006. This follows a December 22, 2005 letter (CAP Letter(external link)) from CAP President, Thomas M. Sodeman, MD, FCAP, calling for "...the Department to extend the educational status of this program for an additional year." CMS notified CAP leaders on December 29, 2005 that they were preparing a recommendation to suspend cytology proficiency testing (PT) sanctions in 2006. Yesterday's letter from CMS describes that "...[i]n the educational approach, laboratories will not have deficiencies cited or have sanctions imposed against their CLIA certificate, provided they:

CMS to Consider Suspending Cytology PT Penalties in 2006

By: Jana Sullinger  On: Fri 30 of Dec., 2005 08:15 MST  (7908 Reads)
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SPECIAL REPORT

CMS to Consider Suspending Cytology PT Penalties in 2006

In a conference call yesterday with the top CAP leaders, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officials indicated they are preparing a recommendation to suspend cytology proficiency testing (PT) sanctions in 2006, which would maintain the program as it has been conducted in 2005.

House Votes to Suspend Cytology PT

By: Jana Sullinger  On: Mon 19 of Dec., 2005 09:44 MST  (5361 Reads)
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House Votes to Suspend Cytology PT
Legislation would delay program one year, require revisions

On Saturday, a CAP lobbying and grassroots campaign won U.S. House of Representatives passage of legislation that would suspend federal cytology proficiency testing (PT) for one year and require changes consistent with those advocated by the College.

Call to Action: Seek Support for Cytology PT Bill

By: Jana Sullinger  On: Thu 17 of Nov., 2005 16:32 MST  (5222 Reads)
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Proficiency Testing Improvement Act of 2005 (H.R. 4268)

The College calls on all pathologists to urge their House representatives to co-sponsor recently introduced legislation that would suspend federal cytology proficiency testing (PT) for one year and require CAP-advocated revisions before testing could resume.

CAP PAP PT Program Approved by CMS on Aug 26th

By: Jana Sullinger  On: Tue 30 of Aug., 2005 06:04 MDT  (6273 Reads)
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CAP Receives CMS Approval for PAP PT Program

Online MOCK and Familiarization Tests Posted on CYTOPATHNET

By: Jana Sullinger  On: Mon 22 of Aug., 2005 06:31 MDT  (4624 Reads)
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