In response to more stringent regulations from the Health Care Financing Administration affecting all proficiency testing (PT) providers, the Academy has decided to discontinue its PT program, AAP-PT, in the year 2000. To ensure members' continuous enrollment in a comparable PT program, the Academy has entered into an agreement with the College of American Pathologists (CAP), providing a seamless rollover of AAP-PT participants into CAP's EXCEL Program. EXCEL meets federal regulations for moderately complex physician office laboratories. The Academy endorses this transition and encourages its members to participate in the EXCEL Program.

The College of American Pathologists enthusiastically supports the Academy in its commitment to ensure that AAP-PT participants have access to a quality PT program.

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