Physician and Nonphysician Provider-Performed Microscopy Testing; Approved Guideline
|Publication Date:||1 December 2011|
This guideline is limited to procedures that require the use of microscopic observation with minimum specimen preparation, typically performed by a provider in near-patient testing environments. This category of testing exists due to the nontransferable nature and labile nature of the specimens addressed in these testing processes.
This guideline is intended for use in settings where near-patient testing is performed (including, but not limited to, hospitals, medical centers, academic centers, providers' offices, outpatient clinics, community and rural health centers, and medical and dental training programs). Those performing provider-performed microscopy (PPM) procedures include physicians and nonphysician providers. Preparatory steps may be performed by trained support staff. This document may also be used to train qualified individuals who are allowed to perform PPM, as outlined by the local regulations; however, it may not address the application of specific rules, regulations, and accrediting organization requirements for PPM procedures. Local, state, and federal requirements and organizational sources should be consulted, as applicable.