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Quality Assurance and Regulations for Anatomic Pathology

  • Maxwell L. Smith
  • Stephen S. Raab
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Abstract

Quality assurance, quality control, and quality improvement activities are important components of any anatomic pathology laboratory. Each of these activities acts synergistically to help minimize error and improve quality. Medical error has a significant impact on morbidity, mortality, and health care costs. Many methods exist for error detection and classification. Most of the basic components of a quality assurance plan are regulated by various agencies including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the College of American Pathologists among others. Laboratory accreditation through the College of American Pathologists involves detailed inspections of the laboratory to ensure laboratory safety and quality.

Keywords

Anatomic pathology Error detection Laboratory accreditation Laboratory inspection Quality control 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maxwell L. Smith
    • 1
  • Stephen S. Raab
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of Pathology and MedicineUniversity of Colorado DenverAuroraUSA
  2. 2.University of Colorado DenverAuroraUSA

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