ASCLS is proud to work with Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA), American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), Association of Genetic Technologists (AGT), American Medical Technologists (AMT), and the National Society for Histotechnology (NSH) on the Legislative Symposium each year.
Though 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 2018 Legislative Symposium will be held March 19 - 20 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.
Wondering what the Legislative Symposium is like?
Laboratory professionals at all stages of their careers attend the Legislative Symposium. Programming is built to accommodate everyone's experiences, from first time attendees to those who know all the secret passages to get around The Hill. Here are three views of last year's Symposium.
- Government Affairs Committee Chair Linda Goosen provides a recap of last year's event.
- University of Cincinnati student member Erin Barger provides her impressions about attending the Legislative Symposium for the first time.
- University of Deleware students Jessica McMahon, Maeve Montesi, Sara Downie, share their thoughts on the experience of attending.
All Symposium events will take place at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town, located in historic Alexandria, Virginia; 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 March 3, 2018. Accommodations are $164 for single or double rooms, plus any additional applicable taxes. Make reservations online or call the Hilton directly at 800-445-8667 and mention Hilton Old Town and the event "ASCLS 2018 Legislative Symposium."
Click here to access the agenda and handouts online via the meeting app website.
|MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018
|7:30 am – 8:00 am||REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
|8:00 am – 8:15 am||Welcome from the Partners
|8:15 am – 8:30 am||Meeting Overview
Jim Flanigan, ASCLS
|8:30 am – 9:15 am||Overview of the Political Environment in Washington
|9:15 am – 10:00am||Addressing Laboratory Workforce Shortages
|10:00 am – 10:15 am||BREAK
|10:15 am– 11:15 am||PAMA – Advocacy After Implementation
|11:15 am - 12:00 pm||CMS Personnel Regulation Request for Action Briefing
|12:00 pm - 12:15 pm||Political Action Committee- ASCLS PAC Board of Trustees
|12:15 pm – 1:30 pm||LUNCH (Washington/Jefferson Room and Foyer)
|1:30 pm – 2:15 pm||Preparing for Congressional Visits
|2:15 pm – 3:00 pm||The Diagnostic Accuracy and Innovation Act (DAIA)
Sarah Killeen, Legislative Director in the Office of Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN)
|3:00 pm – 3:45 pm||Advocacy Perspectives Outside the Laboratory Profession
Cynthia K. Morton, MPA, Executive Vice President National Association for the Support of Long Term Care
|3:45 pm – 4:15 pm||BREAK
|4:15 pm – 5:00 pm||Congressional Update
Representative Mike Bishop (R-MI), Committee on Ways and Means
|5:00 pm – 5:30 pm||Practicing Your Message/Making a Difference
|6:00 pm – 7:00 pm||RECEPTION
|TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2018
|6:30 am – 8:30 am||Breakfast (Washington/Jefferson Room and Foyer)
|8:00 am||Begin traveling to Capitol Hill Appointments (on your own)|
View the comments ASCLS and our fellow laboratory organizations provided to the Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the update to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) personnel regulations.
American Clinical Laboratory Association
American Hospital Association
American Medical Technologists
American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification
National Society for Histotechnology