COLA – LabTestingMatters March 28, 2017: A year ago, laboratory journals, professional meetings and in-house planning were all about the pending deadline for implementation of the new CMS quality control option, the Individualized Quality Control Plan (IQCP) which was replacing the Equivalent Quality Control (EQC) testing already in place. With the January 1 implementation date rapidly approaching, many laboratorians had already begun performing their risk assessments, and making revisions to their existing QC Plans (as needed). Laboratory quality assessment schedules were revised to include QAs for the new IQCPs. (Read More)
Beginning January 2016, EQC (Equivalent Quality Control) will no longer be an acceptable option for laboratories. IQCP (Internal Quality Control Plan) will be replacing EQC. IQCP is not a regulation however it will be an enforceable procedure for equivalent control testing. IQCP includes key concepts from CLSI EP-23 guidelines published in 2011. IQCP pertains to all CMS certified non-waived laboratories. IQCP does not have the same requirements as EQC. If you are following current CLIA and manufacturer’s guidelines for Quality Control testing nothing will change.
On January 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented a new alternative Quality Control (QC) option for non-waived laboratory testing. CLIA laboratories can now begin to voluntarily transition away from Equivalent Quality Control (EQC) and begin using either the default CLIA Quality Control (QC) requirement, or the new option called the Individualized Quality Control Plan (IQCP). Physician Office Laboratories (POLs) will now have to determine if IQCP is the right choice for them.