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Hosted ByLona Small, Stephanie Whitehead, & Tywauna Wilson

Leadership and Technical Strategies for Medical Laboratory Professionals to excel inside and outside of the lab.

Episode 48: “Preparation for the New Modified CAP Inspection Process”

Co-Hosts Tywauna Wilson, Lona Small, and Stephanie Whitehead discuss lab preparation for the new lab modified CAP inspection process.
Key Takeaways from the show:
Currently, CAP has a modified inspection process that consists of two routes:

Hybrid Inspection:
The hybrid inspection consists of a remote document review followed by an on-site inspection focused on the direct observation portion of the inspection.

Virtual Inspection:
When it is not possible for an inspection team to come onsite, the CAP may conduct a virtual inspection followed by an on-site visit, as required for CLIA laboratories, four to six months after, or once it is safe to do so. The direct observation may be the most challenging part of a virtual inspection but it can be accomplished with a mix of live streaming, post-audit reviews, and technical interviews.

Some of the considerations for inspection prep include:

  • Choosing the best model that will work for your laboratory
  • Secure virtual environment to upload procedures and supporting documents
  • Staff proficiency with conferencing software such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Go To Webinar
  • Scheduling and making time for document review
  • Ongoing communication between the inspection teams throughout the process
  • Travel logistics prior to inspection and while onsite 

For additional Inspector tools visit the CAP website: Additional CAP Prep Tools 

If you have experience or success tips with the new modified process, we would love to hear from you. Please share your thoughts and experience in the comments!

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