Disclosures of serious accuracy problems at a second medical laboratory in Maryland prompted the state's top health official and a U.S. congressman to call for an overhaul of the process used to accredit the state's labs. The accreditation record of the College of American Pathologists already was under fire after it gave the highest possible distinction to a lab at Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore at a time when serious deficiencies were calling into question hundreds of tests for sensitive conditions such as HIV. Now Reference Pathology Services of Maryland, in Rosedale, will be shut down as of Sept. 5 following evidence of deficiencies in a state inspection. More than 3,000 patients will be offered retests for sexually transmitted diseases up until that closing date. In two articles published in the Baltimore Sun over the weekend, Maryland Health Secretary Nelson Sabatini and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) called the existing scrutiny of labs "flawed" and in need of fixing. -- by John Morrissey
Md.'s lab accreditation system to undergo overhaul
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