Laboratory Compliance

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.

HIPAA Statement

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 compliance.

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.

Compliance Links

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