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3 years ago News

Society News Now, Special Edition, February 9, 2016

The Board of Directors of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) is pleased to announce the selection of James Flanigan as ASCLS Executive Vice President to succeed Elissa Passiment, who announced her pending retirement earlier last year.

James “Jim” Flanigan, CAE comes to ASCLS from the Society of Critical Care Medicine, where he was the Director of Marketing.  He is the chief revenue officer responsible for generating nearly 80% of the Society’s gross income through program and product marketing and membership programs as well as institutional and international sales and industry relations.

Prior to joining the SCCM staff, Jim served as Director of Marketing for the American Veterinary Medical Association where he oversaw the association’s member, market and economic research as well as the AVMA’s public education campaigns and association-wide branding.  He is a 26 year veteran of the association management profession and a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications.

He received his Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential in 2013.

Jim and his wife Kris have two sons.  He and his family, which includes two cats, live in Carol Stream, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago.

Jim will be joining ASCLS March 1, 2016.  Elissa will team with Jim for a yet-to-be-determined period of transition.

The Board of Directors would like to thank the EVP Search Committee for their dedication during the search process.

Of course, the Board would also like to acknowledge Elissa’s dedication during her almost 21 years of service to ASCLS as our EVP and for her prior service as a Past President and member.  Elissa stated that she is looking forward to attending a national meeting with husband Joe and having time to socialize!

Barbara Snyderman

President

3 years ago News

Clinical Laboratory Science Editor-in-Chief

Applications for editor-in-chief (EIC) for Clinical Laboratory Science are now being accepted.

The EIC provides leadership and direction that results in the publishing of a well-respected, peer-reviewed, scientific journal. The EIC develops and reviews manuscripts, organizes journal functions to maintain editorial integrity and evaluates and makes adjustments to the journal as appropriate. Applicants should be a member of ASCLS, have authored peer reviewed publications, and served as a section editor of the journal or a similar position with another journal.

Clinical Laboratory Science is the official journal of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS).

Interested applicants should review the complete job description

3 years ago News

Share Your Advancements That Bring Efficiency to the Clinical Laboratory

ASCLS is participating with the Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA) on its Increasing Clinical Effectiveness™ (ICE) program designed to demonstrate positive contributions to the laboratory through increasing efficiency and value. Each year, CLMA collects abstracts that demonstrate these innovations and shares them with the laboratory community.

Health care is in the midst of unprecedented change, as it moves from a fee-for-service model to one that reimburses for value. This “volume to value” shift requires laboratories to re-think their approach to meeting the needs of their institutions or their agencies. This shift will require laboratories to broaden their focus beyond cost savings and operational efficiency to include measurable positive impact on patient outcomes.

Participate in ICE by submitting an abstract describing testing-related interventions and the quantifiable positive impact for patients produced. Winners will be recognized at CLMA’s annual KnowledgeLab, March 26-29, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn. The highest rated abstract will also have the opportunity to present at the IFCC EuropMedLab 2017 in Athens, Greece, with paid airfare and registration.

Abstract submissions are due Friday, September 30. Abstracts should be 750 words or less across all four sections:

  • Statement of Problem or Background
  • Intervention/Study
  • Plan/Measures Data Analysis and Results
  • Discussion and Lessons Learned

If you have made important advancements to efficiency in the clinical laboratory field receive recognition for your contributions by submitting an abstract, sharing the results of your efforts and helping your peers learn from your experience.

3 years ago News

BOC, ASCLS, and ASCP Meet with CMS on Nursing Degree Equivalency Rule

The ASCP Board of Certification (BOC), American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) and American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) met on Sept. 27 with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in opposition to the Agency’s April 1st declaration that a degree in nursing is equivalent to a degree in the biological sciences.

The groups representatives presented CMS with a petition, signed by more than 35,000 individuals opposed to CMS’s degree equivalency policy. The petition drive was a community-wide effort led by ASCP and ASCLS to raise concern about CMS’s policy that the nursing degree is equivalent to a biological sciences degree for purposes of doing non-waived laboratory testing under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) of 1988.

The Agency’s action, outlined in an April 1 memo, could allow an individual with a bachelor’s degree in nursing to perform high complexity testing. Per the CLIA regulations, individuals with a bachelor’s degree in a chemical, physical, or biological science are not required to complete training prior to performing high complexity laboratory testing. The April memorandum provided no reasoning behind the decision.

During the meeting, agency officials stated that the memorandum reflected a long standing “internal policy” that had been developed to address concerns about a shortage of testing personnel at physician office laboratories in rural areas. These testing sites are not often staffed by qualified laboratory professionals, such as those individuals who may be certified by the BOC. In response, representatives from ASCP, ASCLS, and the BOC raised concerns about negative impacts on patient care and the need to ensure the accuracy and reliability of all laboratory test results.

In addition, laboratory representatives provided CMS with side-by-side comparisons of typical nursing degree programs and laboratory science programs, noting that nursing degrees fall far short of the scientific coursework required to earn a degree in the biological sciences. In its June 22 letter to CMS, the BOC Board of Governors articulated concerns that nursing degrees provide only a fraction of the scientific coursework required for a biological sciences degree and that what scientific coursework nursing programs do require does not approach the level of achievement involved in obtaining a biological sciences degree.

During the meeting, representatives cited comments received from their respective memberships, including those from several individuals who hold degrees in both nursing and the biological sciences that agreed that the nursing degree does not provide the scientific foundations necessary to perform non-waived laboratory testing reliably.

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