College of American Pathologists
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Published on July 21, 2011

Contact: Joe Schramm
Phone: 800-323-4040, ext 7445


Northfield, IL.—The College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) are working collaboratively on a program to track the timeliness of providing troponin results to emergency room healthcare providers in patients with chest pain symptoms.

Rapid serum troponin measurement is an important part of Emergency Department (ED) practice that can provide decisive information for patient management. Reducing delays in troponin testing has been demonstrated to result in shorter length of stay in the ED and more rapid initiation of anti-ischemic treatment. The measure, “Monitoring of Troponin Metrics for Chest Pain Centers,” will help meet Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and SCPC quality performance requirements for monitoring emergency department troponin turnaround time and timeliness goals.

“Turn-around time performance goals for reporting troponin results for managing patients who may have acute cardiac disease have been established, and this program will help Chest Pain Centers around the country meet an important quality measure of ED care,” said Ron Schifman, MD, FCAP, member of the CAP’s Quality Practices Committee (QPC) that developed the measure with SCPC.

The measure is part of the CAP’s Quality Management Tools that are designed to strengthen laboratory processes, benchmark performance, identify quality improvement opportunities, and provide information for effective laboratory management.

“The CAP was a natural partner for this product as it has not only the expertise in pathology and laboratory medicine but in developing and maintaining quality management programs for clinicians and other medical professionals to achieve the high-quality service in caring for patients,” said Wil Mick, Chief Executive Officer, SCPC.

The CAP and SCPC will officially launch the new measure, along with more than 40 CAP new products for 2012, in its exhibit at the 2011 AACC (American Association for Clinical Chemistry) Annual Meeting, in Atlanta, July 26-28. CAP members will present in the exhibit on topics including microbiology, chemistry, hematology, and quality management tools.

“The collaboration with SCPC members, experts in heart disease, strengthens the quality of products the CAP is able to provide laboratories to better test for critical measurements such as troponin,” said Raouf Nakhleh, MD, FCAP, QPC Chair.

The Society of Chest Pain Centers ( is a nonprofit international organization that provides cardiac education for both clinicians and the communities they serve. The Society works to bridge communication between all disciplines responsible for providing services to cardiovascular patients. Their mission is further accomplished by providing a process improvement-based accreditation for hospitals seeking recognition for their commitment to excellence. Through their educational and accreditation efforts, more lives are save... “because every heart matters”.

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective patient care.