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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
Sole Source #187MJH

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Award Info
Published Thursday December 13, 2007
Awarded to:
Vendor:  College of American Pathologists, Northfield, IL
Amount:  An estimated $60,450
Begin Date: January 1, 2008     End Date: December 31, 2008
Number of Months of Contract: 12
Renewal Options: None
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Wednesday November 28, 2007
The University awarded a contract for participation in a proficiency testing program to College of American Pathologists, Northfield, IL for an estimated $60,450.
This testing program is an annual comprehensive proficiency testing program to meet regulatory requirements of JCAHO, CLIA and C.A.P. inspections for the period January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008. These services and payments are subject to continuing need and availability of funds.

The College of American Pathologists is the only agency that produces materials to meet proficiency testing requirements of federal, state and local accreditation entities. Comprehensive proficiency testing to meet requirements for accreditation is required in order to keep the pathology labs department in the Medical Center in good standing. The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is the only regulatory governing body for medical laboratories that meets and exceeds the Pathology Labs Department's regulatory and testing menu requirements. The CAP survey program satisfies the regulatory requirements of JCAHO, CLIA, CAP and interstate licensure by the Center of Disease Control (CDC). The one-time annual fee is the same amount charged to every laboratory that subscribes to cover proficiency testing materials. Fee payments are mandatory in order to allow the Medical Center to maintain accreditation status.
This purchase is only economically available from a single source because the education, research, public service, or athletic activities are related to participation in mandated organizations of which the University is a member. Loss of accreditation would have a major impact on the Medical Center in that $264,311,544 in revenues would be lost, approximately 270 jobs would be eliminated, and all inpatient and outpatient testing would be outsourced. The loss of accreditation status would basically shut down the laboratory.
For additional information, contact:
Michael Hallahan
University of Illinois at Chicago
Purchasing Division (M/C 560)
809 S. Marshfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-7203
Phone: (312) 996-2432
FAX: (312) 996-3135
Purchasing Website

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