AAFP-PT FAQ

AAFP Proficiency Testing

Proficiency Testing FAQ

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Questions?

Email: pt@aafp.org
Call: (800) 274-7911

 


Orders

When should I place my order?

To ensure sample availability, we recommend that orders be placed by November 1 to enroll for the following year. However, AAFP-PT accepts new orders at any time. Module prices will be pro-rated for partial-year shipment. The annual registration fee is not pro-rated and is non-refundable.

How do I order proficiency testing?

To order, please view our catalog(2 MB PDF) and complete the order form(346 KB PDF). You may submit your order by fax (913) 906-6079 or by email at pt@aafp.org.

Please make sure that the order form is completed in its entirety to avoid a delay in processing. If you need assistance with module selection or have questions about the program or pricing, please contact us at pt@aafp.org or (800) 274-7911.

How do I change or cancel my order?

To change or cancel an order, please fill out the Additional Information/Change Request Form(1 page PDF) and email it to pt@aafp.org.

Changes or cancellations to orders must be received at least six weeks prior to the event ship date to receive credit for that event. Credit will be issued based on the number of shipments remaining in the program year.

The annual registration fee is not pro-rated and is non-refundable. All credits will be applied to the following year’s proficiency testing order. If no order is placed for the next year, a refund check will be issued upon request at the end of the year.

How do I order off-schedule/reinstatement samples?

AAFP-PT can provide samples for off-schedule or reinstatement testing based on sample availability. Pricing is based on a per-sample basis and payment is due at the time of order.

Please complete the Off-schedule Testing Order Form(2 page PDF) to initiate your order. Call (800) 274-7911 for assistance.

Samples will normally ship the first Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday after payment is received and will be delivered within 2-3 business days. Typical turnaround time for evaluations is seven to 10 business days after receipt of results. In addition, a copy of your evaluation report will automatically be sent to your state CLIA agency and/or COLA.


Billing - Invoices - Payment

How do I make a payment?

AAFP-PT accepts payment by check or credit card. Checks should be mailed to:

AAFP-PT
11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway
Leawood, KS 66211

Please call (800) 274-7911 to make a credit card payment.

How do I request a revised or corrected invoice?

Email pt@aafp.org or call (800) 274-7911. Please have your AAFP-PT ID number and the invoice number available when you call.


Kit Shipments

When should I expect to receive my kits?

AAFP-PT shipments will be sent to your laboratory three times per year. Please refer to our Shipment Schedule for the current shipping dates. Participants will be notified by email when a shipment is enroute.

All modules will ship together via a 2-day shipping service. A signature of receipt will be required on delivery.

What should I do if I did not receive my kit on the expected date?

It is the participant’s responsibility to know when kits are due to arrive. Email us at pt@aafp.org or call (800) 274-7911 if your kit has not arrived as scheduled.

What should I do if my samples were received warm or if the ice pack has melted?

Proficiency testing samples are manufactured specimens and are designed to be stable during shipping. Refrigerate samples overnight upon receipt and then return to room temperature before testing.

What should I do if I have missing or damaged samples?

  1. Use the Replacements link on the left side of your PT Central home page(www.pt-central.com) to request new samples.
  2. Select a reason code from the drop-down menu.
  3. Then select each sample that needs to be replaced.

Damaged, missing or defective samples will be replaced at no charge. Samples that cannot be tested due to laboratory error will be sent as paid replacements.


Sample Handling and Testing

Where do I find specimen handling instructions?

Click on each module name on your PT Central home page(www.pt-central.com), then click the resulting link to view instructions.

What should I do if I spill, drop, or misplace a specimen?

Follow these steps to request a replacement sample:

  1. Use the Replacements link on the left side of your PT Central home page(www.pt-central.com).
  2. Select a reason code from the drop-down menu.
  3. Then select each sample that needs to be replaced.

These samples will be charged with a replacement fee.

Laboratory accidents that result in personnel exposure to testing materials should be reported to AAFP-PT promptly. The exposed individual should follow the standard biohazard protocols for your facility.


Results Entry

When are results due?

The deadline to submit results is printed on the packing slip that accompanies each shipment and can also be found on the shipment schedule. It is the responsibility of the participant to know when results are due. The website closes for results entry at midnight CT on the due date. Late results will not be accepted.

How do I enter results in PT Central?

Log in to PT Central(www.pt-central.com) using your assigned username and password. This information is printed on the packing slip that accompanies each shipment. It can also be found on all previous evaluation reports and email correspondence sent from pt@aafp.org.

How do I know if my results were successfully submitted?

The Data Submission Report is your documentation of all submitted results. Follow these steps to create the report:

  1. Click the Reports link on the left side of your PT Central home page(www.pt-central.com).
  2. Select the desired year and event and click “Apply.”
  3. Then click Data Submission Report “Build”, then “View”.
  4. Once the report has been created, it should be reviewed for accuracy and retained with your PT records.

I missed the reporting deadline. Can I still submit my results?

Under CLIA 88 regulations, AAFP-PT is not permitted to accept results after the event closes. Participants who fail to submit results on time should retain their results and conduct a self-grading by comparing these results to the acceptable results, which will be provided on your Evaluation Report.


Evaluations

When should I expect to receive my evaluation report?

Evaluations are typically available approximately 30 days after each testing event deadline. You will receive an email notification when your evaluation is ready to view.

How can I view a current or previous evaluation report?

Follow these steps to view or create a report:

  1. Log in to your PT Central home page(www.pt-central.com).
  2. Click the Reports link on the left side of your PT Central home page(www.pt-central.com).
  3. Select the desired year and event and click “Apply.”
  4. Click PT Evaluation Report “Build” or “View.”

How do I review my evaluation report?

All PT evaluations should be reviewed by the laboratory director. Any failing scores require investigation to determine the cause of the failure. A corrective action plan should be developed and implemented to prevent future failures. Refer to the AAFP-PT Handbook(28 page PDF) for more information on reviewing your evaluation and corrective action plans.

How do I request a corrected evaluation?

If you find an error on your evaluation report submit a Corrected Evaluation form(1 page PDF) within 30 days of receiving your evaluation report. The request form is also located on the left side of your PT Central home page(www.pt-central.com).

NOTE: AAFP-PT is unable to correct failures caused by clerical or data-entry errors by the participant. Review your data carefully before submitting your results.


Continuing Education

How can I obtain continuing education for my participation in AAFP-PT?

Four units of PACE® continuing education credit are available to all staff members of laboratories currently enrolled in AAFP-PT. Credit is obtained by reading the online publication, the POL Insight, and completing the associated quiz. The POL Insight and quizzes can be accessed by clicking the Continuing Education link on the left side of your PT Central home page(www.pt-central.com).

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Questions?

Email: pt@aafp.org
Call: (800) 274-7911