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  Proficiency testing scoring changes


February 2003
Originally published in CAP TODAY

The following changes have been made to the 2003 Surveys and EXCEL proficiency testing programs per a directive from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Changes to method or instrument codes cannot be made once an evaluation has been generated unless it is due to a scanning error on the part of the CAP. You must verify for accuracy information on the preprinted method page, if applicable, and entries on the result form. A result may be penalized if method information is inaccurate or missing.

If you leave a response field blank, it may be considered an incorrect response. For example, if you normally test serum glucose and leave one of the five graded challenges blank, your score for glucose will be reduced to four out of five, or 80 percent. A penalty will not be applied to blank responses in the case of educational challenges, challenges not formally graded, or the proper use of exception codes.

If you do not perform patient or proficiency testing for a specific analyte included in a product, it is acceptable to leave all the result fields for that analyte blank. You do not need to indicate that you do not perform this testing. This analyte is not on your testing menu that is on file with your accrediting agency, so proficiency testing results will not be expected.