In this video, Rachna Chaudhari, the AAD's practice management manager, offers an overview of the CLIA application process and how to comply with CLIA.

The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) were established by the federal government in 1988 for the purpose of setting quality standards for all laboratory testing. All labs that meet the following definition must receive a CLIA certificate of compliance.

A laboratory is defined as any facility for the biological, microbiological, serological, chemical, immunohematological, hematological, biophysical, cytological, pathological, or other examination of materials derived from the human body for the purpose of providing information for the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of any disease or impairment of, or the assessment of the health of, human beings.

The following resources are available from the AAD to assist dermatologists in complying with CLIA requirements:

CLIA Compliance FAQs: AAD practice management staff answer frequent member questions about CLIA compliance. 
 CLIA_Manual.png  AAD CLIA manual: Summarizes the federal regulation, its practice implications, and steps to gain compliance. It also contains a quality-control and quality-assurance manual, and detailed test procedures.





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Additional AAD resources

Maintaining compliance manual Maintaining Compliance in Dermatology: Safeguarding Against Financial Risk
dermpath ebook Compliance Guide for Dermatopathology eBook
HIPAA manualA Guide to HIPAA and HITECH for Dermatologists
Office policy manual Office Policy and Procedure Manual: A Guide for Dermatology Practices
webinar image Listing of webinars on practice management and coding topics.