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  Avoiding PT Referral Sanctions


Posted May 22, 2008

Dear Valued CAP Customer:

PT referral can occur unknowingly in the most practical laboratory applications. “Treat a PT sample like a patient sample” is what labs hear and tend to do. However, sending PT samples to another laboratory for testing normally referred for patients can lead to sanctions against the referring laboratory and the medical director. The penalties are severe and most of these situations are merely inadvertent mistakes. As a service to LAP participants, the CAP offers tips to help your laboratory avoid potential PT violations. Learn more.


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