ASCLS is proud to work with CLMA, ASCP, AGT, and AMT on the Legislative Symposium each year. Through this ASCLS tradition that originated in 1989, the members of these organizations meet with their Representatives and Senators on Capitol Hill as a unified front on behalf of our profession. Each year these leading organizations urge their members and leaders to come to Washington to provide a visible and informed voice, and make our concerns known inside Congress.
Education, Experience, Leadership
The Legislative Symposium provides a great education on the how-to's of lobbying. Attendees are coached on presentation techniques so they can effectively talk to their congressional representative during their appointments. They are well received in the congressional offices. Attendees return home from Washington with first-hand knowledge of the political system in action and confidence that they make a difference.
The 2016 Legislative Symposium will be held March 14 - 15 at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria, VA. Each attendee will receive pre-meeting emails describing the issues to be discussed with their Congressional representatives as well as extensive information to be left with each office.
Early registration deadline, for the discount fee of $205, is February 15th. After February 15th, the fee is $260. A confirmation email will be sent.
All attendees will be housed at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town, located in historic Alexandria, VA; convenient to King Street shops and restaurants, Reagan National Airport and the King Street Metro stop (Blue and Yellow Lines). A block of rooms has been set aside for Legislative Symposium attendees and will be held until February 27th. Accommodations are $154 for single or double rooms, plus any additional applicable taxes. To make reservations, please call the Hilton directly at 800-445-8667 and mention Hilton Old Town and the event, the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.
The 2015 Legislative Symposium was held March 16-17.
The issues that were discussed on the Hill, during the 2015 Legislative Symposium included the establishment of a new grant program within Title VII of the Public Health Service Act (PHS) to ensure an adequate supply of clinical laboratory personnel to meet the growing demands for essential clinical laboratory services; the reauthorize and funding of the Allied Health Special Projects and Grants Program (under Title VII of the PHS Act) within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); CMS's process for publishing and implementing annual changes to the clinical laboratory fee schedule; concerns about the implementation of the Congressionally manadated update to fee schedule; the value of laboratory services and reform of the physician self-referral exceptions of the Stark Law for in-office ancillary services. The documents below are the leave behinds that were given out at each appointment. They were used to discuss the importance of our services and the issues with Members of Congress and/or their staff.
- Laboratory Personnel Public Health Service Act 2015
- Self-Referral for Pathology Services Reform
- CMS Fee Schedule delays