Reminder: Include interpretation location on lab reports to avoid citations

January 17, 2019

The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act, 42 CFR 493.1291(c)(2) requires the following: 

  • “The name and address of the laboratory location where the test was performed.”

Vachette is highlighting this clause as an area of concern as we have identified that the College of American Pathologists may cite your lab for failure to enter, on the lab report, where a case was interpreted.

If you have multiple locations where interpretation is performed, the location where the specimen was physically interpreted must be indicated on your report. If it is not currently listed on the report, your LIS should be updated to include it.

For labs that only sign out at one location, this isn’t a particular area of concern as this information should typically be uniform.

If you’re currently failing to meet this requirement, feel free to reach out to us directly with questions on how to best comply.

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