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
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 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.