LIVING THE LAB LIFE
A BLOG FOR ASCLS REGION V
On September 27th, 2016, representatives from the Board of Certification (BOC), American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), and American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) met with officials from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to discuss the recent regulatory change which would allow nurses with a bachelor's degree to perform high-complexity laboratory testing.
In this meeting, CMS representatives explained the reasoning behind the policy change. They stated that the change was made in the effort of addressing the shortage of qualified laboratory professionals to work in physician office laboratories in rural areas. ASCLS and its partners then countered this argument with their own argument related to the risks to patient safety that this policy change may pose.
CMS representatives acknowledged the concerns ASCLS and its partners brought forward and stated that they would be looking into a policy change that serves the best interests of patients everywhere.
Over 35,000 individuals signed the petition that was presented to CMS at this meeting. Thank you to everyone who signed the petition and helped spread the word about this important issue. The BOC, ASCP, and ASCLS will continue to advocate on behalf of our profession and the patients that we care for.
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