ASCLS is proud to work with CLMA, ASCP, AGT, and AMT 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 2017 Legislative Symposium will be held March 20 - 21 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.
Travel Grant for Students
The ASCLS Education and Research Fund is making a travel grant available for up to three undergraduate or graduate student ASCLS members to attend the Legislative Symposium in 2017. The I. Dean Spradling Legislative Symposium Student Travel Grant will be awarded up to $1,000. Applications are due January 15, 2017.
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, 2017. Accommodations are $159 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 2017 Legislative Symposium."
Monday, March 20
7:30 – 8:00 REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
8:00 – 8:15 Welcome
8:15 – 8:30 Meeting Overview
8:30 – 9:15 Overview of the Political Environment in Washington
9:15 – 10:00 Laboratory Developed Tests (LDT)
10:00 – 10:30 BREAK
10:30 – 11:30 Patient Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) and Laboratories
11:30- 12:00 Clinical Laboratory Workforce
12:00 Political Action Committee
12:15 – 1:30 LUNCH
1:30 – 2:15 Preparing for Congressional Visits
- Review of Issues, Leave Behinds and “Talking Points”
- Walk Through of Voter Voice Feedback System
2:15 – 3:00 Update on CMS Rule on Nursing Equivalence
3:00 – 3:45 Congressional Update
- Nicholas Uehlecke, Professional Staff Member
- U.S. House of Representatives, Ways and Means Committee
3:45 – 4:15 BREAK
4:15 – 4:45 Preparing for Congressional Visits
- Role Playing - Practicing Your Message / Making a Difference
4:45 – 5:30 How Best to Work with Congressional Offices
- How Congressional Offices Work
- How Legislative Staff View Your Visit
- How to Communicate Your Message Effectively
6:00 – 7:00 RECEPTION
Tuesday, March 21
7:00 – 9:00 Breakfast (Plaza Level)
8:30 Travel to Capitol Hill and Appointments
The 2016 Legislative Symposium was held March 14-15
The issues that were discussed on the Hill, during the 2016 Legislative Symposium included the establishment of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study of the health professions with the most acute shortage, of which clinical laboratory science is one; concerns about CMS's process for implementing the provisions of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) addressing the recalculation of the clinical laboratory fee schedule; issues surrounding the regulation of laboratory developed tests by the FDA; and the need for harmonization of laboratory test results. 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.