Accrediting Organizations (AOs) and the Clinical Laboratory Improvement
Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) Validation Program
oversight of the FY 2017 activities of the approved AOs Medicare accreditation programs as
well as the CLIA Validation Program.
• Section 1875(b) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires the Centers for Medicare
& Medicaid Services (CMS) to submit an annual report to Congress on its oversight of
national AOs and their CMS-approved accreditation programs.
• Section 353(e)(3) of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA) requires CMS to submit an
annual report of the CLIA validation program results.