Section 455.23 - Laboratory services

455.23 Laboratory Services. This functional reporting center must contain all the expenses associated with performance of diagnostic and routine laboratory tests on tissues and cultures necessary for the diagnosis and treatment of residential health care facility patients. This functional reporting center should also include maintenance of a blood bank within the residential health care facility. Additional activities include but are not limited to the following: transportation of specimens from nursing floors; care of laboratory equipment; preparation of samples for testing; drawing or otherwise procuring, processing, storing and issuing whole blood and blood derivatives.

(a) Standard unit of measure: CAP workload measurement units. A Workload Recording Method for Clinical Laboratories, published by the College of American Pathologists (use the latest edition). In recording workload measurement units, workload units related to quality control studies, calibration standards and specimen collection, and repeats for which a patient is not charged, are not to be counted. Workload units for unlisted procedures should be reasonably estimated based upon work units for other comparable procedures, or estimated by qualified personnel. Workload measurement units shall be maintained and reported for laboratory services obtained from outside laboratories.

(b) Data source. The number of workload measurement units shall be an actual count maintained by the laboratory. Copies of the Workload Recording Method can be obtained by writing to:

College of American Pathologists

7400 North Skokie Boulevard

Skokie, IL 60076

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