H1. How will CMS monitor the participation of the individuals enrolled in the proficiency testing program?
CMS has developed a System of Records, secured under the Privacy Act of 1974; the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002; et.al. that will be used to monitor each individual’s enrollment and participation, record individual results, and ensure compliance with CLIA requirements. CMS will also participate in unannounced monitoring of proficiency testing events. A notice in the Federal Register was published on January 14, 2005 with a description of the New System of Records (CYPERS) proposed by CMS
H2. If I fail the first proficiency test, will the information be public to anyone?
Every proficiency testing result will be reported to CMS, the cytotechnologist or pathologist who took the test, the laboratory director in the laboratory where the test was taken, and every other laboratory where the cytotechnologist or pathologist is employed. CMS will not release any test scores until after the completion of the entire testing process.