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Washington Labvocacy Briefing

From the 2020 Joint Annual Meeting (July 1, 2020)
Presented by Jim Flanigan, CAE & Patrick Cooney
The upcoming general election promises to have healthcare at the center of the debate. Fundamental, structural change is almost inevitable. Laboratory professionals have a choice to make: either be active and effective participants in the legislative and regulatory process, or potentially end up as an afterthought when significant changes occur.

For maximum effectiveness, laboratory professionals need sharply defined vision of the issues and the process as well as clear-eyed understanding of the consequences of inaction. This presentation will provide a briefing on current issues like laboratory reimbursement, regulation of laboratory developed tests, laboratory workforce and licensure. An inside look at how government really works will be discussed as well as what is required to be effective “labvocates.”

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss current, federal legislative and regulatory issues related to laboratory workforce, reimbursement, and oversight of laboratory developed tests.
  2. Outline how to effectively prepare for interactions with government officials.
  3. Identify ways to influence both legislative and regulatory processes on a federal level by understanding how government works, including differences between state and federal and legislation and regulation.

This recorded presentation is P.A.C.E. ® accredited. The instruction level for this activity is Intermediate. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area of QA/General will be awarded to participants. ASCLS P.A.C.E.® is accepted by the ASCP/ASCLS/AGT Board of Certification and all states, including Florida and California, as an approved provider of continuing education for recertification and licensure. ASCLS is an approved provider with CE Broker for Florida licensees.

This intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.