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Circular 81-07


DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Service
Health Services Administration
Indian Health Service

INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE CIRCULAR NO. 81-07


Effective Date:  August 25, 1981

CONTRACTING FOR REFERRAL LABORATORY SERVICES

  1. PURPOSE

    To establish guidelines to be followed before entering into a Contract for referral Laboratory Services.

  2. PROCEDURES

    Before entering into a Contract for Laboratory Services, the following guides will be followed.

    1. Establish that the laboratory is licensed under the Clinical Laboratories Improvement Act (CLIA) of 1967.  All laboratories engaging in Interstate Commerce must be licensed under this Act.

    2. If the laboratory is not licensed under CLIA 1967, establish that it is licensed by the state in which it operates.

  3. RESPONSIBILITY

    Individuals having responsibility for the issuance of contracts for laboratory services will familiarize themselves with the regulations as outlined in CLIA and by the state involved.

  4. SUPERSESSION

    This circular supersedes IHS Circular 70-5, dated December 28, 1970.

/Joe Exendine for/
Emery A. Johnson
Assistant Surgeon General
Director, Indian Health Service


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