ASCLS Region VIII Director

Please welcome and congratulate ASCLS Region VIII Director from ASCLS-CO Stephanie Mehane, MLS(ASCP)CM.

Stephanie Mihane, MLScm (ASCLS), newly elected Region VIII Director, has been a member of ASCLS for 28 years, serving as ASCLS-CO President, IMSS Coordinating Council, Region VIII Leadership Academy staff, National Awards Chair and National Committee member for Diversity Advocacy Council, Nominations, Leadership Academy and Credentials Chair.  She currently works at Kaiser Permanente as a Point of Care Coordinator for the past 12 years.

Region VIII is one of the ten regions of the ASCLS National organization.  It consists of the following five states; CO, MT, ID, UT and WY.  The Region VIII Director serves on the National ASCLS Board of Directors for a three year term and will represent the five regions interests, as well as, the interests of all ASCLS members at the National level.  Please feel free to reach out to me with your questions, concerns, and ideas on how to recruit, retain and maintain the membership of our professional society.  Contact Stephanie

Government Action Center: Freeze PAMA Cuts!

ACT NOW!

On January 1, 2019, a second round of 10 percent cuts to the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule for Medicare will be implemented. These second round of cuts, along with the pass along of last year’s cuts to private insurers and Medicaid, is likely to have devastating effects on laboratories. In the first year alone, hospitals have cut back on outreach to their communities, leaving nursing homes and other underserved patient populations at risk. Laboratories are rolling back services and leaving open positions unfilled, which leaves front line laboratory professionals overwhelmed and concerned about the safety of their patients.

The laboratory community is calling on Congress to pass “freeze-bridge” legislation to delay this next round of PAMA cuts. The proposal would freeze the 2018 rates in both 2019 and 2020 allowing time to develop an accurate methodology to implement PAMA. Additionally, the second round of data collection, scheduled to occur early next year, would also be delayed until a new methodology is in place. During the two-year freeze period, Congress would require the National Academy of Medicine to conduct a study and publish recommendations on how to best implement the least burdensome, statistically valid data collection that is representative of the laboratory markets and an appropriate rate-setting methodology that is representative of the market and ensures sustainable patient access.

ASCLS has setup a grass roots page to make it easy to urge Congress to take action. Click the ACT NOW! link above to take action.

Changes to CE Organizer

If you are an ASCLS member, the CE organizer as part of your membership has changes already in effect. Instead of using paper evaluations immediately after an event, all forms are now electronic. After entering a session code evaluations can be filled electronically and is followed by your session certificate as usual.

Education and Events Page

The Education and Events page has gotten a face-lift. Quickly see the location of the event in the embedded Google Map to the right of the event description. If you use Google Chrome and are actively signed in, your Google Map will be personalized to your location. See the new page HERE.