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.

Upcoming Seminars

ASCLS-WA Spring Seminar

April 2019

More information coming soon.

Government News

Government Affairs Issues

1. Protecting Access to Medicare Act: PAMA activities relate to the fee schedule.
2. Laboratory Developed Tests: LDTs legislation has been proposed.
3. Workforce Shortage: A study has been requested.

More information including "leave behinds", which are documents given to the senators and representatives, are available on the ASCLS website in the Advocacy section

An excellent resource on the Government Affairs Committee and the issues discussed are available on the ASCLS MN website

Take Action To Protect Standards

The laboratory community has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to guide the updating of Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) personnel regulations to reflect the current and future practices in clinical laboratories that support clinical decision-making in an ever-evolving healthcare system.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has requested comments that it intends to use to update the existing CLIA personnel regulations in the future. ASCLS has created a website with detailed analysis and easy-to-use tools for all laboratorians to respond. ASCLS urges all laboratory professionals to provide comments to CMS with a central focus on strengthening laboratory personnel standards and ensuring the ongoing, invaluable contributions of laboratory professionals in the healthcare system.

Visit and provide comments by the deadline on Monday March 12, 2018. . An easy-to-use template for comments is provided on the ASCLS Website

For more information, click here