2019 Transfusion Symposium
September 19, 2019
Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
The Evaluation link will show up on the day of the Symposium.
2019 Northwest Medical Laboratory Symposium
October 9 - 12, 2019
Lynnwood Convention Center
Program is now available. Click on NWMLS tab for more information.
Medical Chemical Corporation and ASCLS-WA Presents
Diagnostic Medical Parasitology Update 2019
Lynne S. Garcia, MS, CLS(NCA), MT(ASCP), F(AAM)
August 15, 2019
Supervisor Laboratory Services, MultiCare Health System - Good Samaritan Hospital
Posted October 2018
ASCLS Announces Membership Renewal Changes
The ASCLS Board of Directors has approved a number of changes in the membership categories. Included are
- Professional I and II combined into one category.
- First Year Professional rates are for 5 years.
- Several changes to Collaborative and Emeritus categories.
- Sustaining Membership category added.
Membership Renewal Changes 2018
Check the ASCLS website for more information.
Government Affairs Issues
The priority issues for ASCLS this year are:
- Workforce Shortage – See also the position paper, “Addressing the Clinical Laboratory Workforce Shortage” on the ascls.org website. ASCLS is working with Congresspeople to sponsor a bill which would fund laboratory education programs in facilities which provide services to Medicare and Medicaid patients and Veterans.
- VALID Act (Verifying Accurate Leading-Edge IVCT Development Act). This proposed legislation concerns the regulation of lab-developed tests. The proposal is to regulate these tests by the FDA in the same way manufacturers’ tests are regulated. ASCLS supports regulations which ensure accurate test results but has some concerns about certain aspects of the proposed legislation. There is on-going discussion to resolve these issues.
- PAMA regulations – ASCLS urges Congress to fix the flawed implementation of PAMA. The method used to collect market-based pricing of laboratory tests has resulted in deep cuts to the Clinical Lab Fee Schedule. The resulting cuts threaten access to essential laboratory tests.
More information including "leave behinds", which are documents given to the senators and representatives, are available on the ASCLS website in the Advocacy section. Be sure to check this frequently, since it is updated.