Promoting Quality and Patient Safety

ASCP supports the development and maintenance of high-quality practice standards for laboratory testing to ensure patient safety and reduce medical errors associated with laboratory medicine and pathology.

To promote Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in the lab, the ASCP Center for Quality and Patient Safety offers online self-directed CQI courses for laboratory leadership and the entire laboratory team, along with the ASCP National Pathology Quality Registry (NPQR), a national benchmarking program that promotes best practices within laboratory medicine and pathology.

To support quality assurance, CheckPath, Cytology Assessment, and Proficiency Testing programs set the standard for quality slide imaging - both physical and virtual - while meeting ABPath CC Part IV requirements and fulfilling CAP LAP, CLIA, and The Joint Commission accreditation requirements.

 

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Quality Improvement Tools for Your Lab

ASCP Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI): Assuring Patient and Laboratory Team Safety

On-demand CQI education and resources designed for laboratory leaders and their teams.

ASCP CQI aids laboratory teams to assess their practice operations and improve performance, with the objective of increasing both patient and laboratory team member safety. This guided curriculum includes on-demand courses split between five modules, including a suite of downloadable tools for use in the lab.

ASCP CQI will help laboratories elevate continuous quality improvement and patient safety efforts by:

  • Effectively developing a culture of quality
  • Improving communication and handoffs with a meaningful, shared quality language
  • Developing and navigating quality plans and projects
  • Leading team-based, patient-centric quality projects
  • Utilizing CQI tools for improved outcomes

Program Information

Delivered entirely online as on-demand courses and resources, this program offers a complete framework consisting of five modules:

  1. Culture of Quality
  2. Language of Quality
  3. CQI Plans and Projects
  4. Leading CQI Projects
  5. CQI Tools

Participants will earn a Certificate of Completion after successfully completing their coursework.

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National Pathology Quality Registry (NPQR)

The National Pathology Quality Registry (NPQR) is a national quality and benchmarking program led by ASCP. The registry captures data that measures adherence to clinical practice guideline recommendations, quality and performance standards, and appropriate utilization of laboratory testing.

NPQR was developed as a tool for pathologists and laboratory professionals to promote best practices within laboratory medicine and pathology. This tool will also benefit our clinical colleagues and ultimately improve patient care.

Participation Information

NPQR helps laboratories optimize quality and performance and fulfill requirements in several key ways.

  • Monitoring appropriate utilization of laboratory testing.
  • Improving pre-analytical processes.
  • Optimizing turnaround time and critical value reporting.
  • Establishing best practices through national and peer group comparisons.
  • Assessing analytical and diagnostic accuracy.
  • Participating in pay-for-performance programs to meet CMS requirements

Participation in NPQR satisfies ABPath CC Part IV.

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Team Based Products

CheckPath

CheckPath is a combination glass-slide/virtual-slide and/or digital image-based assessment program designed to keep you current in your field and meet your institutional, licensure, and CMP requirements.

Features

  • Five to seven cases with clinical histories are sent each quarter
  • Participants receive peer-reviewed interpretations for each case
  • Earn 20-28 CME or CMLE credit annually
  • Meets both Part II and Part IV CC (formerly MOC) requirements
  • Meets CAP laboratory accreditation requirements
  • Pathology residents can participate for free
  • Receive immediate feedback

Specialty Areas

  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Clinical Pathology 
  • Hematopathology

Three Options to Receive CheckPath

  • Traditional CheckPath (hardcopy cases and glass slides where appropriate)
  • Virtual Materials with Glass Slides (online cases with glass slides)
  • All Virtual Materials (online cases and virtual slides)

Pricing

Program Prices

  • Traditional CheckPath: $899
  • Virtual Materials with Glass Slides: $699
  • All Virtual Materials: $599

Plus a Per Person Participant Fee

  • $95.29 per person fee

The total price for this product includes the price of the base package fee plus the per person Participant Fee.

Example: CheckPath at $899 plus a Participant Fee for 7 people at $95.29 each equals a price of $1,566.03.

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CME, CMLE and CC Information

  • The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. 
  • The ASCP designates this enduring material activity for a maximum 28 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • This activity meets requirements for CC (formerly MOC) Part II (Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment) and Part IV (Improvement in Medical Practice) requirements.

GYN Assessment

Assess and enhance your team's interpretive skills in gynecologic cytopathology testing and fulfill your CAP LAP accreditation and CC (formerly MOC) requirements for interlaboratory comparison.

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GYN Assessment Program Features

  • Receive a total of 15 cases per year
  • A simplified coding system with a choice of five diagnostic categories and fewer specific interpretations
  • Detailed educational materials and individual comparative results reports provided for each case
  • Statistical performance reports for all participants on your laboratory team, as well as the laboratory as a whole

Program Benefits

  • High-quality glass slide cases to mimic your day-to-day practice
  • Up to 15 CME/CMLE credits for reviewing a total of 15 glass slide cases
  • Immediate access to target answers
  • Immediate online access to educational case studies
  • Laboratory and participant peer-comparison statistics provided immediately

Virtual Cases Now Available!

  • Access to cases 24/7 from any location
  • Replicates screening without requiring a microscope
  • Provides you a year to complete with no deadlines to return materials
  • Allows for group review of cases
  • Gain familiarity to cutting edge Digital Pathology for interlaboratory
  • Receive up to 15 CME/CMLE credits and meet requirements
    for CC Part IV (Laboratory and Participant Comparison Reports)

Pricing

Program Price

  • GYN Assessment: $799
  • Virtual GYN Assessment: $599

Per Person Participant Fee 

  • $95.29 per person

The total price for this product includes the price of the base package plus the per person Participant Fee.

Example: GYN Assessment at $799 plus a Participant Fee for 7 people at $95.29 each equals a price of $1,466.03.


Download the 2020 GYN Assessment Order Form
Download the 2021 GYN Assessment Order Form

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CME, CMLE and CC (formerly MOC) Information

  • The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. 
  • The ASCP designates this enduring material activity for 15 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • The ASCP designates this activity for a maximum of the indicated number of CMLE credits. This activity meets CMP and state licensure requirements for laboratory personnel.
  • This activity meets requirements for CC (formerly MOC) Part IV  (Improvement in Medical Practice).

ASCP NonGYN Assessment

Assess and enhance your team's interpretive skills in non-gynecologic cytopathology testing and fulfill your CAP LAP accreditation and CC (formerly MOC) requirements for interlaboratory comparison.

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NonGYN Assessment Program Features

  • Receive a total of 20 cases per year
  • A simplified diagnostic coding with a choice of five categories and fewer specific interpretations
  • Detailed educational materials and individual comparative results reports are provided for each case
  • Statistical performance reports for all individuals on your laboratory team, as well as the laboratory as a whole

Program Benefits

  • High-quality glass slide cases mimic your day-to-day practice
  • Up to 20 CME/CMLE credits for reviewing a total of 20 glass slide cases
  • Immediate online access to educational case studies
  • Immediate access to target answers
  • Laboratory and participant peer-comparison statistics provided  immediately

Virtual Cases Now Available!

  • Access to cases 24/7 from any location
  • Replicates screening without requiring a microscope
  • Provides you a year to complete with no deadlines to return materials
  • Allows for group review of cases
  • Gain familiarity to cutting edge Digital Pathology for interlaboratory
  • Receive up to 20 CME/CMLE credits and meet requirements
    for CC Part IV (Laboratory and Participant Comparison Reports)

ASCP NonGYN Digital Image Program

Created using the same features as the Assessment Program, participants receive all of the benefits outlined above, plus:

  • High-resolution digital images on paper for all 20 cases
  • Online access to educational case studies
  • Immediate access to target answers
  • Laboratory and participant peer-comparison statistics
  • A high-quality printed copy of Educational Case Studies

Pricing

Program Prices

  • NonGYN Assessment: $899
  • NonGYN Virtual Assessment: $699
  • NonGYN Digital: $799

Per Person Participant Fee

  • $95.29 per person

The total price for this product includes the price of the base package plus the per person Participant Fee.

Example: NonGYN Assessment at $899 plus a Participant Fee for 7 people at $95.29 each equals a price of $1,566.03.

Download the 2020 NonGYN Assessment Order Form
Download the 2021 NonGYN Assessment Order Form

Existing Customer Order Here


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CME, CMLE and CC Information

  • The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. 
  • The ASCP designates this enduring material activity for 20 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • The ASCP designates this activity for 20 CMLE credits. This activity meets CMP and state licensure requirements for laboratory personnel.
  • This activity meets requirements for CC (formerly MOC) Part IV (Improvement in Medical Practice).

GYN Proficiency Testing and Lab Comparison

The CMS-approved gynecologic cytology proficiency testing program is designed according to federal CLIA regulations to test basic locator and diagnostic skills for gynecologic cytology specimens. It leverages the experience gained from over 40,000 individual tests, as well as the collective knowledge of ASCP cytopathology experts.

GYN PT Program Features

  • Choose any day to test (excluding holidays)
  • Choose the slide prep type that mirrors your practice
  • SAME DAY RESULTS when you select the ASCP GYN Online Proctor Portal for testing
  • Results within 7 days when you select the Traditional GYN PT testing

Learn How

Use the ALL NEW GYN Online Proctor Portal which provides same day results!

The new portal allows you to:

  • Access the online Proctor Exam.
  • Acknowledge receipt of testing materials.
  • Verify and inspect testing materials.
  • Set up and manage internal testing events and participants.
  • Assign testing materials.
  • Print entry response forms and enter responses.
  • Finalize the testing event.
  • Return the testing materials.
  • And more!

Lab Comparison Features

Add the Lab Comparison educational option to get an additional shipment of 12 high-quality glass slides, with comparative results and statistics, and up to 6 CME/CMLE credits.

CMS & CLIA Regulations

  • Per the CMS, all laboratories that have “cytology (GYN)” listed on their CLIA license are required to enroll each of their laboratory or hospital sites performing gynecologic cytology into an approved GYN cytology proficiency test program.  
  • Per CLIA, all laboratories must ensure that each cytotechnologist and pathologist examining or interpreting gynecologic cytology preparations is enrolled and tested according to the regulatory protocol within the specified timeframes by a CMS-approved Cytology PT program each calendar year. 
  • Those individuals not currently employed or working as locum tenens can test directly with ASCP to fulfill this annual mandate.

Pricing

Program Prices 

  • GYN Proficiency Testing: $1,099
  • GYN Proficiency Testing and Lab Comparison: $1,499
Plus a Per Person Participant Fee 
  • $95.29 per person

Recording Fee for Each CLIA GYN Certificate

  • $500 per additional certificate

Locum Tenen GYN PT Testing Fee

  • See Enrollment Form

The total price for this product includes the price of the test package plus the per person Participant Fee.

Download the 2020 GYN PT Order Form
Download the 2021 GYN PT Order Form
Download the 2021 GYN PT Proctor Instructions
Download the Online Proctor Portal User Guide
Download the 2021 ASCP GYN PT™ Locum Tenens Enrollment Form

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CME, CMLE and CC (formerly MOC) Information

  • CME/CMLE is available only for the Lab Comparison portion of the GYN PT program.
  • The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. 
  • The ASCP designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of the of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • The ASCP designates this activity for a maximum of the indicated number of CMLE credits. This activity meets CMP and state licensure requirements for laboratory personnel.
  • This activity meets requirements for CC (formerly MOC) Part IV (Improvement in Medical Practice) Requirements.
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Resources to Manage Your Staff Learning

What Is Access ASCP?

Access ASCP is a user portal designed to manage the administration of products purchased for your staff. Institutional products that your designated site administrator can manage include:

  • CheckPath
  • GYN Proficiency Testing and Lab Comparison
  • GYN & NonGYN Assessment
  • ASCP Case Reports

Site Administration

A site administrator has appropriate ASCP login permissions to actively purchase and manage institutional products within the ASCP website. These permissions allow a site administrator to perform the following functions:

  • Place New Orders
  • Manage Orders
  • Assign Permissions
  • View Employee CE Credits

Program Administration

A program administrator is someone with appropriate ASCP login permissions to actively manage assessment and proficiency testing programs within the ASCP website. These credentials allow a program administrator to perform the following functions:

  • Receipt & Shipment Management
  • Laboratory Comparison Reports
  • PT Proctor Exam
 

Access ASCP Pre-Requisites for Customers

Before starting administrative work in Access ASCP, the site administrator needs to have the appropriate permissions and be set up in the ASCP database.

  • The new site administrator must have an “individual” ASCP account type.
  • You must provide a list of every institution the new site administrator will manage.
  • You must provide a complete list of all employees associated with each institutional product.

Features and Functionality

Managing administrative tasks in Access ASCP is simple and intuitive. Assigning permissions for other administrators, adding participants to products, and generating employee CE credit reports are easily managed through the online portal.

Administrative Tasks

Assign various permissions to other individuals within a particular institution. Once assigned, the designated individual has privileges based on the following assignment for that institution.

Institutional Site Administrator Permissions

An Institutional Site Administrator has access to:

  • Place New Orders
  • Manage Orders
  • Assign Permissions
  • View Employee CE Reports

Webcast Seminar Manager Permissions

A Webcast Seminar Manager has permission to:

  • Place New Orders (Webcasts Only)
  • Assign Participants to Orders

Steps for Managing Site Administration Tasks

  1. Login to ASCP
  2. Select the correct institution from the “My Institutions” dropdown menu in the
  3. Access ASCP Dashboard Card
  4. Choose the appropriate site administration task:
    1. Place New Orders
    2. Manage Orders
    3. Assign Permissions
    4. View Employee CE Reports

Place a New Institutional Order

  • On the Place Orders page, select a specific product
  • Add it to the shopping cart, and proceed to the payment screen to complete the order 
  • Click “Checkout” on the cart screen to make a purchase

Manage Orders

In addition to viewing order details, site administrators can assign or remove available participants to utilize an educational product.

View Employee CE Reports

On the CE Reports page, generate a report that displays Credits Earned by Individuals or a graph that shows an Employee Progress Summary. 

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