The Joint Commission on January 3 announced that it is no longer requiring hospitals, critical access hospitals, or ambulatory care organizations to credential and privilege pathologists who provide diagnostic services through independent reference (contract) laboratories.
The Joint Commission says accredited organizations can safely presume that pathologists who work in independent laboratories that comply with Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) regulations are qualified and competent to perform all diagnostic services within their practice. This makes an additional credentialing and privileging process unnecessary.
The change is effective immediately.
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