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ASCLS/CLMA/ASCP/AMT/AGT Legislative Symposium
“Leg Day” March 20 - 21, 2017
The CLMA Legislative, Compliance and Regulatory Committee (LCRC) is assisting in the planning and presentations for the Legislative Symposium held in Washington, DC again this year and CLMA is sponsoring attendance of four individuals from the LCRC and two additional committee members are being sponsored by their local chapter and employer. We encourage more CLMA Chapters to sponsor one of their members to attend the 2016 Legislative Symposium so our voices can be heard loud and clear on Capitol Hill.
Advocacy efforts on behalf of CLMA members take many forms. Resources directed toward a physical presence on Capitol Hill pay several dividends. When legislation, regulations or enforcement actions by the Federal Government and its agencies affect clinical laboratory managers it is appropriate to first determine whether it would benefit our membership to support, oppose or remain neutral on the issue. Educating members on these emerging issues is always the goal of the LCRC.
Whether an action benefits or adversely impacts the membership, seeking remedy from legislators typically takes the form of asking for support or opposition to bills before the House and Senate or recommending that new laws be introduced. If the issue involves actions by regulatory agencies it is often helpful to enlist the support of Senators and Members of Congress who communicate these concerns to the agencies. Actions such as co-pay and competitive bidding models for lab have successfully been dealt with in that manner. Importantly, face to face meetings with key legislators and their staff create two way communication links that are very important for subsequent interactions.
Stay up to date on the advocacy issues facing you and your laboratory through the Advocacy section of CLMA's website.