The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program is granted deemed authority for all laboratory specialties and subspecialties defined by CLIA and awarded by The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS; formally known as Health Care Finance Administration (HCFA). The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program is also recognized by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) as an equivalent program in JCAHO-accredited institutions.
When an institution chooses to be CAP-accredited, its laboratory will not only meet federal regulations, but will exceed them. Participation in the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program demonstrates to patients, clinicians, and payors a continuum of high-quality testing in the clinical laboratory. No other accrediting agency inspects infertility labs as a sub-specialty.
The laboratory is the most complex ancillary service. CAP inspections are performed in this complex environment by experienced, knowledgeable professionals who are in tune with emerging technologies, new procedures, and patient issues.
Dedicated laboratory physicians are the foundation and leadership of the College of American Pathologists. Their adherence to the most stringent requirements in laboratory accreditation ensures accountability for quality laboratory results and ultimately improves patient outcomes.
Accurate and reliable laboratory results can significantly contribute to improved patient outcomes. Investment in the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program returns its value by ensuring the processes are in place that improve laboratory practices, thus generating higher quality test results, fewer complications, and more satisfied patients. Click here to read the CAP accreditation letter.