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Labvocate 2022

From the 2022 Joint Annual Meeting (recorded 6/28/2022)
Presented by Jim Flanigan, CAE and Patrick Cooney

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 understanding of the issues and the legislative and regulatory processes as well as clear-eyed perspectives on the consequences of inaction. This presentation will provide a briefing on current issues like laboratory reimbursement, regulation of laboratory developed tests, and the laboratory workforce. 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:

  • Discuss significant federal legislative and regulatory issues affecting or that may affect clinical laboratories and medical laboratory professionals, including workforce, reimbursement and testing regulation.
  • Recognize how the dynamics of the current political environment and the approaching mid-term elections will influence those issues.
  • Use the knowledge of issues and institutional structures to develop the most effective advocacy approach and plan for possible future states.

ASCLS is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area of GEN (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 Basic-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.