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The MLE Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program
Medical Laboratory Evaluation (MLE) Mission
The mission of MLE, a clinical laboratory evaluation program, is to administer a service-oriented laboratory proficiency testing program that provides technical and educational tools necessary to assess, monitor and improve the quality of laboratory testing.
MLE acknowledges five goals supporting this mission:
- To serve as a catalyst for continuous quality improvement in clinical laboratory practice, promoting testing excellence and optimal outcomes in patient care.
- To educate through the dissemination of technical information, emphasizing issues that contribute to accurate patient testing and to successful laboratory proficiency testing.
- To provide courteous and flexible customer service, ensuring the timely resolution of all inquiries and concerns.
- To provide timely, accurate and reader-friendly clinical laboratory proficiency testing evaluations, encouraging the use of these reports in monitoring the quality of patient testing.
- To interact with state and federal regulatory agencies and accrediting organizations, alerting participants about issues that affect compliance.
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MLE Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program History
ACP's Medical Laboratory Evaluation (MLE) proficiency testing began in 1973 as the Proficiency Evaluation Program (PEP), a collaborative effort between the American Society of Internal Medicine (ASIM), which sponsored the MLE program, and the College of American Pathologists (CAP). When announcing the program, ASIM stated they wanted physicians with office laboratories to have a clinical laboratory evaluation program that assures their patients, personnel and third parties of the quality of test results. The program soon became known as the Medical Laboratory Evaluation (MLE).
MLE introduced significant changes to the proficiency testing program in 1996. In that program year, MLE directly assumed the responsibilities for specimen procurement, data processing and the production of evaluation reports. Investing in sophisticated computer software increased efficiency in order processing, while state-of-the-art optical scanning technology improved data summarization—expediting the turnaround of accurate and easy-to-understand evaluations.
In the past, the MLE program primarily has provided service to physician office laboratories (POLs). MLE broadened its focus with the 1998 program year, emphasizing a specific mission: "…to administer a service-oriented proficiency testing program that provides the technical and educational tools necessary for participants to assess, monitor and improve the quality of their laboratory testing." While continuing its commitment to service and education for POLs, MLE also extended its services to small hospital laboratories. MLE has offered more analytes and increased module configurations to accommodate the more extensive testing menus of these laboratories.
Additionally, ASIM announced their merger with the American College of Physicians (ACP) as of July 1, 1998. The new organization became known as ACP-ASIM. As a result of the merger, MLE will be able to expand our educational resources and provide our participants with more technical information, emphasizing issues that contribute to accurate patient testing.
In 2003, ACP-ASIM became simply ACP (American College of Physicians). Medical Laboratory Evaluation (MLE) is a program provided by American College of Physicians.