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by Dianne M. Cearlock, CEO

At the April 23, 2020 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 the review committees were held. Re-elected for a second term to the RCAP were Jeanne Isabel (MLS Educator), Andrea Gordon (MLT Educator), Eric Elsinghorst (DMS Educator), and Jun Gu (CG Educator). Elected for a first term on the RCAP were Elizabeth Gockel-Blessing (MLS Educator) and William F. Ahlfeld (Path A Practitioner). Re-elected for a second term on the PARC was Andrea Stone (Clinical Assistant Educator) and Marilyn McCain (Phlebotomy Practitioner). Elected for a first term on the PARC was Michelle Hill (Phlebotomy Educator). Re-elected for a second term on the Doctoral Review Committee (DRC) was S. Renee Hodgkins (Doctoral Level Educator) and elected for a first term was Nadine Lerret (Doctoral Level Educator). Congratulations to the elected review committee members
  • Elections for the Board of Directors were also held. Re-elected for a second term were Joel M. Shilling (ASCP Representative), Mark Bailey (NSH Representative), and Lynn Brodeur (Two Year Educator). Elected for a first term was Karen Brown (ASCP Representative). Congratulations to the elected Board of Directors members.
  • Proposed changes to Standards to II.B, IV. A. 1.d. and V.D. were adopted after all public comments were reviewed.
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Dear Dr. NAACLS,

I have just been hired by my institution as program director. The previous program director told me I need to reach out to NAACLS for approval. What documents do I need to submit to NAACLS, and how long will the process take?

Sincerely,

Mr. Jones

 

Mr. Jones,

First, allow NAACLS to congratulate you on your new position. To answer your question, a Program Director must be in place within 30 days of the previous Program Director’s departure. An email notification of the change in Program Director to NAACLS is sufficient, and NAACLS staff will provide you with the Program Official Approval Form. It is essential to review the checklist on page one, to ensure documents are submitted correctly, and within 30 days of contacting NAACLS. The materials that come from the applicant should be sent to Jessy Jasso, NAACLS Review liaison in one PDF e-file. The required supporting documents must come from a primary source (ASCP-BOC verification, transcripts, recommendation letters) and may be emailed separately to NAACLS. When all documentation is received, NAACLS will submit it to the reader pair (members of NAACLS review committees) for review. The reader pair will review the documentation and make a determination as to whether the candidate meets NAACLS’ requirements to serve as a program director. When a final determination has been made, NAACLS will notify you via email, which can take up to two (2) months.

We hope this helps you!

Dr. NAACLS

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The NAACLS Board of Directors is requesting public comment for proposed Standards changes. To view the potential Standards changes, as well as the process to submit your comments, please download the file linked below.

Public Comment for Standard Six

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In March, the NAACLS Board of Directors appointed a task force to develop a virtual site visit process for the canceled spring site visits due COVID 19. During the April 23rd Board of Directors meeting, the NAACLS Board approved this pilot process. The eligibility for these site visits are as follows: 

  • The program’s previous award must have no citations.
  • The program must be up to date with all applicable NAACLS responses and administrative issues (review materials, annual fees, surveys, etc.).
  • The previous three years of outcomes must meet all benchmarks.
  • Programs inactive during any part of their previous award are ineligible.
  •  Initial Site Visits are not eligible.

This is a pilot program will be voluntary for programs that qualify. It will only be an option for the cancelled site visits from Spring 2020. Once these canceled site visits have been completed, the Board of Directors will review the effectiveness and discuss possible long term virtual site visit policies at a later date.

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We invite you to view the NAACLS 2019 Annual Report on our website. The Annual Report includes a Message from the President, 2019 Program Data, 2019 Board of Directors’ Actions, 2019 Volunteers, Statements of Financial Position for FY ending June 30, 2019, and Rosters for the NAACLS Board, Review Committees and Staff.

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Marcia Armstrong, a member of the NAACLS Board of Directors, contributed an op-ed to the Honolulu Star Register, describing the essential role medical laboratory scientists are playing in the COVID-19 crisis.

You can find the column here.

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Due to the State of Illinois “Stay at Home” executive order, the physical NAACLS office is closed for the foreseeable future. NAACLS Staff will still be working full time remotely and our goal is that no one will see any disruptions. 

Effective immediately, NAACLS will only be accepting electronic submissions of materials. Mailed in submissions of jump drives, or hard copies will not be accepted. Electronic submissions through cloud based services (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc) as well as email submissions will be accepted. 

We are aware that accreditation self-studies are due April 1st. If we have not acknowledged receipt of materials but your self-study was mailed in, please ask the appropriate staff person if they have been received. If not, we will accept documentation hosted in your/your institution’s accounts in the cloud.  NAACLS staff is researching other options for electronic submission of materials. We will have an update for you next week.

Payments can be sent to:

NAACLS

27321 Network Place

Chicago, IL  60673

Please note there will be a link to pay in your annual invoices. We will not be able to process checks sent to our office address.

If you have questions regarding this issue or others, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

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NAACLS continues to follow CDC Guidelines and is monitoring the situation. Please see the following Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-ihe-response.html.

Programs with scheduled site visits at institutions or regions that are closed or under travel bans are to inform NAACLS immediately to discuss options.

Volunteers who are scheduled to conduct a site visit should contact NAACLS immediately if there is reason to suspect they have been exposed to COVID 19 or if their employer or regional authorities have banned or discouraged travel.

At this time, NAACLS continues with the current site visit schedule if NOT notified of deterents by either program directors or site visit volunteers.

 

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NAACLS is following CDC Guidelines and monitoring the situation. Please see the following Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-ihe-response.html .

Current Programs/Students:

If the program can continue to meet NAACLS’ Standards, it is within the purview of the sponsoring institution and clinical sites to choose the course of action based on their established protocols.  NAACLS requires programs to develop a plan of action for remedy  in the event of program closure or other situation whereby students’ completion of the program is delayed or impossible.

Programs scheduled for Spring 2020 Site Visits:

If individuals have been exposed to the virus or are coming from institutions/areas that are closed/under travel advisories and are scheduled for a site visit, they are to inform NAACLS immediately.  If programs have closed due to the virus and are scheduled for a site visit, they are also to contact their program services contact as soon as possible. At this time, NAACLS has made no changes in the current schedule.

Thank you,

NAACLS

By Megan Eggert, Meetings and Events Planner

NAACLS will conduct a new workshop titled, “Get Excited About Not Being Cited – The Insiders’ Edition of Commonly Cited Standards,” on February 27, 2020, from 7:00am-12:00pm in Orlando, FL (in concurrence with the ASCLS Clinical Laboratory Educators’ Conference (CLEC)). The workshop will include a continental breakfast and working lunch.

This workshop is a unique opportunity to take advantage of the work and data collection done by the NAACLS Board of Directors. Current committee members, Dawn Tripolino and Dale Telgenhoff, synthesized the Board work and will provide an exclusive look at what these data identify as the most frequent citations. Ms. Tripolino and Dr. Telgenhoff will present detailed strategies to assist program directors avoid these frequent pitfalls.

Upon completion of the workshop, and with the opportunity to discuss questions, the participant should be able to:

  1. Examine the overall accreditation/approval processes leading up to potential citation
  2. Related the use of the NAACLS Standards and Compliance Guide to the process
  3. Identify the most commonly cited Standards
  4. Analyze and discuss sample citations
  5. Identify ways to avoid citations by utilizing the Standards Compliance Guide and other NAACLS resources

Dawn Tripolino, MBA, MT(ASCP), is Program Director of the MLS Program at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. Ms. Tripolino is a Phlebotomy Educator and Vice Chair of the NAACLS Programs Approval Review Committee (PARC). Dale Telgenhoff, PhD, HTL(ASCP)cm, is Associate Professor, Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Dr. Telgenhoff is a HT Educator on the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP).

The fee for the workshop is $325/person if you register by 1/10/20. The fee is $350/person if you register between 1/11/20 to 2/12/20).

Please visit www.naacls.org  for more information and to register (payment and registration is separate from the CLEC). We hope to see you at this NAACLS workshop!

 

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