Clinical Laboratory Technology
Federal Initiatives Related to Nurses and Clinical Laboratory PracticeTwo recent federal initiatives (described below) have caused concern among some professionals in New York.
- The federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed a regulation to allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to supervise and perform laboratory tests in VA laboratory facilities. New York State does not regulate VA laboratory facilities or VA laboratory staff.
- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) indicated that that Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) allows RNs with BSNs to perform moderate and high complexity laboratory tests and RNs with ADNs to perform moderate complexity tests. CLIA does not apply to New York State Clinical Laboratories or to any staff who work for these laboratories. Federal Law specifically allows New York State to regulate New York State Clinical Laboratories in accordance with New York State Law.
Extension of Limited Licenses in Clinical Laboratory Technology and Certified Histological TechnicianOn July 21, 2016, Chapter 194 of the Laws of 2016 was enacted to extend the current limited license and registrations provisions for clinical laboratory technology and certified histological technician from August 31, 2016 to September 1, 2018. Persons holding a limited license as a clinical laboratory technologist (CLT) or a certified histological technician (CHT) that was issued prior to January 1, 2016 can apply to have the registration for that limited license extended until September 1, 2018 by submitting an application along with the appropriate fee of $130 for CLTs or $92 for CHTs.
Persons issued limited licenses as a CLT or a CHT after January 1, 2016 will automatically have their registrations renewed and receive updated registration certificates.
Clinical Laboratory Technology Practitioners are clinical laboratory technologists, cytotechnologists, certified clinical laboratory technicians and certified histological technicians who work in licensed clinical laboratories and practice clinical laboratory technology.
Clinical Laboratory Technology Practitioners are an essential part of the team of health care professionals. They perform tests and procedures on all bodily fluids and tissue that are critical to the diagnostic process in determining health and disease. They also have a critical role in determining the nature of substances that are used by bioterrorists.
At least 70% of all diagnoses rely on testing done by clinical laboratory technology professionals.