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.

2018 ASCLS-CO Student Scholarship Deadline.

There is a little more than one month left to apply for the 2018 Student Scholarship offered by ASCLS-CO.

The Colorado chapter of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science has recognized the importance of choosing this career opportunity and would like to assist 3 deserving Colorado students with a scholarship. The three 2018 award amounts are $1000 each.

Click HERE to download the scholarship. Applications must be postmarked no later than November 30, 2018 to the address listed in the application.

Pueblo Fall Seminar Registration Update

Sessions and abstracts have been updated for this event. Please click HERE (.PDF) for the detailed itinerary of the Pueblo Fall Seminar. Registration is also available NOW. Click HERE for online registration or HERE (.PDF) for printing and mailing. Detailed directions to the event location are also located on the paper registration form or on the Continuing Education and Events tab.

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.

Pueblo Fall Seminar, Save the Date!

The Pueblo Fall Seminar is a Southern Colorado event typically held at Parkview Medical Center or St. Mary-Corwin in Pueblo, Colorado. This year it will be held on October 26th at the St. Mary-Corwin in the SMC Cancer Center. This unique convention is held annually and offers the participants an opportunity to earn up to 6.0 continuing education credits. The education will usually cover general areas of the lab that include Chemistry, Hematology, Urinalysis, Immunology, Blood Bank, Pathology/Histology, Coagulation, and Microbiology. The convention also offers a fun atmosphere where colleagues can converse and discuss the rigorous tests and current challenges that modern labs are faced with these days.
We hope to see you all there!

Click HERE for the Save the Date flyer. More details will follow.

2018 ASCLS-CO Student Scholarship

The Colorado chapter of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science has recognized the importance of choosing this career opportunity and would like to assist 3 deserving Colorado students with a scholarship. The three 2018 award amounts are $1000 each.

Click HERE to download the scholarship. Applications must be postmarked no later than November 30, 2018 to the address listed in the application.