Accreditation and Licensure
The Pathology Clinical Services (PCS) laboratories at the
University of Texas Medical Branch Hospital (UTMB) are licensed by the Centers
for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under the Clinical Laboratory
Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA '88). The
College of American Pathologists
(CAP) is the accrediting organization for all Divisions with
the exception of Tissue Antigen, which is accredited by the
American Society for
Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI). The Blood Bank
(transfusion service) is also accredited by the
American Association of Blood
Banks (AABB). For additional information or copies of our
accreditation certificates, please refer to our
Accreditation website or contact our Regulatory Affairs Officer.
PCS laboratories, its employees, and staff are committed to
compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1997
(HIPAA) standards ensuring Privacy, Security, and Electronic Transactions of
patient's Protected Health Information (PHI). PCS leadership participated in
and was integral to development of UTMB Policies and Procedures governing HIPAA
The department underwent an exhaustive risk assessment conducted
by Ernst & Young and initiated corrective actions based upon the report.
Additional assessments of departmental compliance were conducted by the UTMB
Office of Institutional Compliance.
Links in the right hand column will direct you to additional
information on UTMB's Compliance program and HIPAA.