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CLIA-88 requires laboratories to develop and follow written procedures for reporting life-threatening laboratory results (critical, alert, or panic values). Laboratories must have critical value (CVAL) policies to meet this requirement. This activity highlights elements of an effective CVAL policy, compares CVAL notification systems, and explores strategies to address communication challenges in both clinical and anatomic pathology.
This clinical pathology activity is intended for pathologists.
After completing this activity, you should be able to:
- Define elements of a critical value policy.
- Interpret regulatory guidelines with regards to reporting critical values.
- List the advantages and disadvantages of using different types of notification systems.
- Develop an escalation policy to address challenges in critical value communication.
- Apply principles of critical value notification to anatomic pathology.
Hariharan Bharadwaj, MD
Esma Ersoy, MD
Vandita P. Johari, MD, FCAP
Clinical Pathology Improvement Program
Accreditation: The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
CME Category 1: The College of American Pathologists designates this internet enduring material educational activity for a
maximum of 1.25
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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This activity and evaluation are available February 21, 2022, and expire February 20, 2025, at 12:00 AM (ET). You must claim credit by this date and time.