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Policy guide for public health laboratory test service sharing
  • Published Date:
    April 2014
  • Source:
    U60HM000803
  • Language:
    English
Filetype[PDF-1.24 MB]


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  • Corporate Authors:
    Association of Public Health Laboratories. ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) ; Laboratory Efficiencies Initiative. ; ... More ▼
  • Description:
    Public health laboratories face considerable challenges to ensuring performance of critically important testing services. These challenges stem from financial constraints and uncertainties, ever more sophisticated electronic systems, and new demands on laboratory professionals, among other factors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of Public Health Laboratories cosponsor the Laboratory Efficiencies Initiative to help public health laboratories ensure long-term sustainability by exploring and adopting measures that can improve their efficiency and cost-efficiency. Interstate test service sharing is one of the most promising strategies toward that goal.

    This Policy Guide is a resource that public health laboratory directors and their colleagues can use as they explore legal and other policy questions related to state public health laboratories’ sharing test services with each other. The guide is primarily based on information that 17 state public health laboratory directors and their colleagues voluntarily provided about their experiences with addressing such questions.

    This report was supported by Cooperative Agreement # U60HM000803 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.

    Abbreviations used in this guide -- Summary -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Key findings -- 3. Formal test service sharing arrangements -- 4. Review of laws and legal considerations -- 5. Exploring policy considerations -- Resources: 1. Checklist for Assessment of Test Service Sharing Laws and Legal Considerations; 2. Self-Assessment of Laws and Policies Pertinent to Interstate Test Service Sharing; 3. Selected Test Service Sharing Agreements; 4. Selected Provisions of Service Sharing Agreements; 5. Bibliography.

    Suggested ctation: Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Policy guide for public health laboratory test service sharing. Silver Spring, MD: APHL; 2014.

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