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By Dianne M. Cearlock, PhD, Chief Executive Officer

At the September 29, 2017 meeting of the NAACLS Board of Directors, in addition to accreditation and approval awards recommended by the Review Committee on Accredited Programs (RCAP) and the Program Approval Review Committee (PARC), the following items were addressed:

  • Elections for Board of Director officer positions were held. President-Elect Bill Hunt succeeded Yasmen Simonian as President. Elected were Peter Hu (Vice President), Pat Ellinger (Secretary), Lynn Brodeur (Treasurer), and Julie O’Sullivan Maillet (Member at Large). Leaving the Board after completion of two terms were Yasmen Simonian and Margaret Fritsma (ASCLS and ASCP representatives, respectively.) Additionally, incoming President Bill Hunt appointed various Board members to serve as standing committee chairs and review committee liaisons.
  • NAACLS policies for alignment of cycles when accredited and approved programs with the same sponsor go through the review process simultaneously were updated to be consistent with the 2012 Standards.
  • Updated Standards for programs offering a degree at the doctoral level of practice (DCLS or other appropriate degree), proposed by the Doctoral Review Committee (DRC), were approved to be released with a request for public comment. Comments will be reviewed at the next Board meeting in April 2018. Please monitor the NAACLS News blog for the proposed Standards and information about how to submit comments.
  • The proposed change to Standard VII.A for Pathologist Assistant program directors was approved to be released with a request for public comment. Comments will be reviewed at the next Board meeting in April 2018. Please monitor the NAACLS News blog for the proposed change and information about how to submit comments.
  • Clarifying language was adopted for inclusion into the Standards Compliance Guide indicating that psychomotor phlebotomy skills remain a requirement for MLT but not MLS programs.
  • Several changes to the Review Committee on Accredited Programs (RCAP) leadership structure and composition were adopted.
  • Following a period of public comment, clarifying changes to Standard VII.C.2 (Clinical Liaison, Qualifications and Responsibilities) were adopted. The Standards with the clarifying changes will be posted on the NAACLS website.
  • Several clarifying revisions proposed by the joint review committees (RCAP and PARC) to the Sponsoring Institution Fact Sheet, Clinical Facility Fact Sheet, Program Official Approval Form, self study and site visit report forms, and the Standard Compliance Guide were adopted. Programs receiving notification of renewals during fall of 2017 will be required to include the revised fact sheets in the self study report.

 

 

 

 

By Dianne M. Cearlock, PhD, Chief Executive Officer

At the April 27, 2017 meeting of the NAACLS Board of Directors, in addition to accreditation and approval awards recommended by the RCAP and PARC, the following items were addressed:

  • Elections for Board of Director were held. Re-elected for a second term were Elton Richards (Public Member) and Marcia Armstrong (ASCLS representative). Elected for a first term were Maribeth Flaws (ASCLS representative) and Marisa James (ASCP representative).
  • Elections for the review committees were also held. Elected for a first term on the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP) were Janna Schill (MLS educator), Karen Escolas (MLS educator), Sally Pestana (MLT educator), Xueya Hauge (CG educator), and Charity Accurso (4-year educator).
  • To the Program Approval Review Committee (PARC), elected for a first term were Laura Muldowney (Phlebotomy educator), Laura Ahonen (Phlebotomy educator), and Rita Miller (Clinical Assistant educator). Re-elected for a second term were Dawn Tripolino (Phlebotomy educator) and Mary Ellen Tancred (Phlebotomy educator).
  • The Doctoral Review Committee was expanded to meet the expected increase in workload. Elected to serve as continuing members of the DRC are Randall Lambrecht (clinical laboratory sciences industry executive or leader) and Mark Kellogg (doctoral level clinical laboratory educator/practitioner). Newly elected members are Herb Miller (department chair, dean or vice president/provost), Renee Hodgkins (graduate faculty member), Brenda Barnes (member at large), and Brandy Gunsolus (student member).
  • Public comments regarding proposed changes to language regarding the clinical liaison position were reviewed. The Board remanded the issue to the NAACLS review committees with the charge of crafting language that provides a clear definition of the roles of the clinical liaison and clinical instructor. The proposed clarification will be submitted for adoption at the next Board meeting in September.

By Dianne M. Cearlock, PhD, Chief Executive Officer

At the September 23, 2016 meeting of the NAACLS Board of Directors, in addition to accreditation and approval awards recommended by the RCAP and PARC, the Board voted to:

  • Send a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) responding to the recent CMS memo directed to State CLIA Survey Agency Directors stating that an associate or bachelor’s degree in nursing is the equivalent to a degree in biological sciences for purposes of performing or supervising performance of moderate and/or high complex medical laboratory testing. NAACLS joins with others in the clinical laboratory community in communicating serious concerns with the CMS memo content and its implications and requests that CMS rescind this policy. Please see the NAACLS News blog for a link to the letter sent by NAACLS.
  • Approve the addition of the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) as a certification agency in addition to the BOC, AMT and NCCT for the certification benchmark for phlebotomy programs.
  • Release for public comment a proposed change to Standard VII.C as it relates to the required credentials of those who serve as Clinical Liaison. The current language is restrictive and problematic particularly in small clinical sites. The proposed changes, if adopted, will enlarge the pool of qualified professionals who may serve in the Clinical Liaison capacity. The proposed language and 30-day request for public comment will appear on the NAACLS website and NAACLS News blog.
  • Approve several editorial changes for the Standards, Standards Compliance Guide, and Self Study template to improve clarity. These documents as amended may be found on the NAACLS website on November 18.
  • Elect officers for leadership positions on the NAACLS Board of Directors. The elected officers are:

President – Yasmen Simonian (ASCLS representative)

President-Elect  – William Hunt (ASCLS representative)

Treasurer – Peter Hu (AGT representative)

Secretary – Patricia Ellinger (ASCP representative)

Member at Large – Julie O’Sullivan Maillet (4 Year Institution Administrator)

 

 

By Dianne M. Cearlock, PhD, Chief Executive Officer

At the April 7, 2016 meeting of the NAACLS Board of Directors, in addition to accreditation and approval awards recommended by the RCAP and PARC, the following items were addressed:

  • Following a review of all public comments received by NAACLS, the Board adopted a change to Standard II.B.1 (Outcome Measures) to delete licensure from “External certification or licensure results”. NAACLS established a benchmark of 75% certification exam pass rate on a rolling three year average but has no set benchmark for licensure pass rates. Certification and licensure pass rates are two different student outcomes that cannot be combined or compared.
  • Following a review of all public comments received by NAACLS, the Board adopted a change to Standard VII.A.1 (Program Director Qualifications) to accept the the ASCPi credential for program directors.
  • Elections to Board, RCAP and PARC positions were held. Re-elected to the Board of Directors for a second term were Patricia Ellinger (ASCP representative) and Peter Hu (AGT representative). Elected to the Board for a first term were Lynne Brodeur (2-year educator), Joel Schilling (ASCP representative), and Mark Bailey (NSH representative). These newly elected members will replace Sondra Flemming, Fred Rodriguez, and Jennifer MacDonald, respectively. Re-elected to the RCAP for a second term was Patricia Bascom (PathA practitioner). Elected to the RCAP for a first term was Ramona Fox (MLS educator), Jeanne Isabel (MLS educator), Andrea Gordon (MLT educator), Eric Elsinghorst (DMS educator), and Jun Gu (CG educator). Appointed by President Simonian to the RCAP to complete the term of Mark Bailey (newly elected Board member) was Dale Telgenhoff (HT educator). Re-elected for a second term on the PARC was Brenna Ildza (phlebotomy educator). Elected for a first term on the PARC were Marilyn McCain (phlebotomy practitioner), Rex Famitangco (CA educator), and Andrea Stone (CA Educator).
  • Adopted was an updated version of the NAACLS Bylaws. This document is available to the public upon request.
  • The NAACLS Annual Volunteer Report – 2015 is available on the NAACLS website under Announcements. This report contains a summary of the evaluations of recent self study reviews, site visit teams, and site visit reports as well as several informative articles beneficial to both NAACLS’ program directors and volunteers.

By Dianne M. Cearlock, PhD, Chief Executive Officer

At the September 18, 2015 meeting of the NAACLS Board of Directors, in addition to accreditation and approval awards recommended by the RCAP and PARC, the following items were addressed:

  • The Board voted to release for public comment a proposed change to Standard VII.A.1 to accept the ASCPi-BOC credential as acceptable for program directors of accredited US and international based programs. Currently, the ASCPi-BOC credential is accepted for program directors of international, but not national, programs. The proposal also states that people possessing the ASCPi credential prior to adoption will meet the certification requirement under Standard VII. As of October 2014, exam questions for ASCPi applicants transitioned to the same question database that is used for US applicants, and applicants will also be tested on US regulatory requirements. Both ASCP/ASCPi examinees will be utilizing the same exam question database. ASCP/ASCPi examinees will have also been found eligible to sit for the examination using comparable eligibility requirements for education, training and experience.
  • The Board voted to release for public comment a proposed change to the Standard II.B.1 to delete “or licensure” from the list of required outcomes measures results to be used in program assessment. Certification scores and licensure results are two different outcomes that cannot be combined or compared in such a way that both can serve as a NAACLS program benchmark. The public comment period will be announced on the NAACLS website soon.
  • Language was adopted in the Standards Compliance Guide and Self Study Template to provide directions for the appropriate way to calculate required benchmark data for certification pass rates.
  • Additional language was adopted in the Standards Compliance Guide indicating that programs seeking initial accreditation are not required to address Standard II.B and C (assessment and continuous quality improvement) during the self-study and site visit process.
  • Several edits to the Program Official Approval form were adopted, including the requirement to submit primary source verification of certification from the ASCP-BOC.
  • The inclusion of AMT and NCCT to the list of accepted certification agencies for benchmark data for phlebotomy programs (along with ASCP BOC) was adopted.
  • Several editorial changes were approved for the Standards, Standards Compliance Guide, and Self Study template to improve clarity. These documents as amended will be found on the NAACLS website by November, 2015.
  • An Action Plan template designed to assist program directors in addressing benchmarks that are not met was adopted. The Action Plan template will be located on the NAACLS website by November, 2015.
  • Elections were held for leadership positions on the NAACLS Board of Directors. They are:

President – Yasmen Simonian (ASCLS Representative)

Immediate Past President – Fred Rodriguez (ASCP Representative)

Vice President – William Hunt (ASCLS Representative)

Treasurer – Elton Richards (Public Member)

Secretary – Sondra Flemming (2 Year Institution Administrator)

Member at Large – Julie O’Sullivan Maillet (4 Year Institution Administrator)

 

By Dianne M. Cearlock, PhD, Chief Executive Officer

At the April 9, 2015 meeting of the NAACLS Board of Directors, in addition to accreditation and approval awards recommended by the RCAP and PARC, the following items were addressed:

  • In response to inquiries from program officials, a Clinical Liaison Fact Sheet was developed and changes were made to the Standards Compliance Guide (SCG) to clarify requirements for self-study narrative content and accompanying documentation pertaining to program faculty/instructors and clinical liaisons. The updated SCG may be accessed at www.naacls.org.
  • The first NAACLS Podcast was released. Though the first episode was designed for volunteer training, both volunteers and program officials can benefit from the information provided in the podcast. NAACLS plans to develop a series of these podcasts on different topics of interest. The podcast may be accessed at https://goo.gl/Djyrw6 .
  • The NAACLS Annual Volunteer Report is posted on the NAACLS website. It contains a statistical performance analysis of volunteers for programs reviewed in 2014. The report also contains a volunteer information packet, and a public recognition of outstanding volunteers that are acknowledged through the Volunteer Recognition Program. The report indicates a high level of program satisfaction with NAACLS and its services.
  • Det Norske Veritas Healthcare, Inc (DNV) and the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) were added to the list of NAACLS-approved accreditation agencies for programs in the same manner that Joint Commission is recognized. In addition, organizations holding the CLIA Certificate of Compliance (COC) or CLIA Certificate of Accreditation (COA) will be approved by NAACLS as accredited in the same manner that Joint Commission is recognized.
  • Elections to Board, RCAP and PARC positions were held. President-Elect Yas Simonian’s Board term was extended by one year to allow completion of both years of a two-year Presidential term. Newly elected members of the Board include James Moore for a first term as the AAPA representative and Julie O’Sullivan Maillet for a first term as a four-year educator. These newly elected members will replace Jerry Phipps and Hugh Bonner, respectively, who will be leaving the Board in September 2015, each having completed two 4-year Board terms. Re-elected to the RCAP for a second term are Vanessa Jones Johnson (MLS Educator) and Susan Orton (DMS Educator). Elected to the RCAP for a first term are Haywood Joiner (MLT Educator), Candy Hill (MLT Educator), and Michelle Nelsen (HT/HTL Educator).  Michele Buzard was elected to the PARC for a first term in the position of Phlebotomy Educator.

 

by  Dianne M. Cearlock, PhD, Chief Executive Officer

At the September 19, 2014 meeting of the NAACLS Board of Directors, in addition to accreditation and approval awards recommended by the RCAP and PARC, the following items were addressed:

  • The Board voted to adopt changes to the HT Standards to require accredited programs to award graduates an associate’s degree OR a certificate for students who already hold an associate’s degree or higher. This proposal was previously released to the public for 30 days with a request for comment. The Board reviewed all of the comments submitted prior to adopting the changes.
  • The ASCP-BOC was approved to be added to the list of approved certification agencies for phlebotomy program directors holding certification as phlebotomists. This will appear in the Standards Compliance Guide PBT Unique Standard VII, Accompanying Documentation section available on at www.naacls.org. The approval does not change the Standards for phlebotomy programs. Phlebotomy program directors holding MLS or MLT ASCP-BOC certification remain eligible for the position.
  • A number of editorial and formatting changes to the Standards Compliance Guide and the Guide to Accreditation and Approval were adopted. The updated documents will be available on the NAACLS website at www.naacls.org.
  • The composition and responsibilities of the Board Quality Assurance (QA) standing committee were clarified. The QA Committee membership includes Board members appointed by the President and Board liaisons from the RCAP, PARC and DRC. In addition the President, NAACLS CEO, and chairs of the RCAP, PARC, and DRC serve as ex officio members. The QA Committee 1) reviews accreditation and approval recommendations from the RCAP, PARC, and DRC for accuracy, objectivity and consistency; 2) reviews NAACLS documents and procedures for accuracy, clarity, and consistency; and 3) assists in developing corrective actions in the accreditation and approval processes when the need arises.
  • The Board elected officers for 2014-2015. Continuing in the 2nd year of a 2-year term as President is Fred Rodriguez (ASCP representative). The following Board members were elected to 1-year terms: Yasmen Simonian (ASCLS representative) as President-Elect, William Hunt (ASCLS representative) as Treasurer, Sondra Flemming (2-year educator) as Secretary, and Hugh Bonner (4-year educator) as Member-at-Large. Continuing on the Board in the role of immediate Past-President is Jerry Phipps (AAPA representative).

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