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The College of American Pathologists (CAP) resurveyed laboratory directors of CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide and found substantial increases in COVID-19 testing capability available to patients despite ongoing issues with obtaining diagnostic supplies. The CAP’s new survey confirmed what laboratory directors stated in late April—that they expected their laboratories to ramp up their own capacity and offer more tests in their communities in the weeks ahead.
The College of American Pathologists (CAP) released the 2020 edition of its Laboratory Accreditation Program checklists on June 4, 2020. CAP inspectors use the checklists, with approximately 3,000 requirements, during inspections to ensure laboratories comply with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations and achieve accreditation.
About the CAP
As the world's largest organization of board-certified pathologists and leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. For more information, read the CAP Annual Report at cap.org.
A pathologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and classification of diseases by looking at tissue or cells under a microscope and by interpreting medical laboratory tests. Seventy percent of medical decisions are determined based on the diagnosis of the pathologist.
The pathologist also is the doctor who examines specimens removed during surgery for conditions such as cancer, to determine whether a tumor is benign or cancerous, and if cancerous, the exact cell type, grade, and stage of the tumor. In some cases, the pathologist also performs molecular biomarker analysis and reports genetic alterations that may guide targeted therapy for a specific cancer. Learn more at yourpathologist.org.
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