The clock is ticking down for EQC. CMS stated in an initial memo on EP23 that Risk-based QC would replace EQC protocols at the end of 2013, and that by 2014, EQC would no longer be an acceptable laboratory procedure. While the CLSI EP23 protocol has been out for more than a year, though, CMS has yet to issue any regulations or guidelines on how to implement, comply, or inspect Risk QC. What's going on?
With the expiration date on EQC drawing ever closer, US labs still await the details about its replacement. While CLSI EP23 has been public for more than a year, and CMS has made press releases about the new IQCP (Individualized Quality Control Plans) and has announced the benefits of this new forthcoming policy, the actual regulatory language has yet to be released or described.