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AAPA Legislative Alert - CMS Request for Information; Submit Response by 3/12

Friday, February 16, 2018   (0 Comments)
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To the AAPA membership,

As reported in January, we strongly encouraged you to read the proposed CMS changes at, which state in part, that an associate or bachelor’s degree in nursing is the equivalent to an associate or bachelor’s degree in biological sciences for purposes of performing moderate and/or high complexity testing under CLIA. 

Since then, the AAPA has reviewed how these proposed changes could negatively affect Pathologists' Assistants, and has developed and sent an official AAPA response letter to CMS.  Additionally, an AAPA template response (download as a Word doc) has been developed to assist you in sending in your own individual response, and a CMS fact summary was developed to give you more background on this issue.    


  1. Read the CMS fact summary to educate yourself on this issue.
  2. Use the AAPA template response (download as a Word doc) to contact CMS.  Public comment on this matter is open until March 12, 2018, at 4 pm CDT (5 pm EDT).  All PAs should take advantage of this opportunity!
  3. Encourage your fellow laboratorians to support us in this endeavor by submitting their comments, as we are not the only ones conducting high complexity testing.

Remember: The AAPA is the only professional organization that advocates specifically for pathologists' assistants.


Liz Rizzo, PA(ASCP)CM
Legislative Adjunct to the Board of Trustees


The AAPA is an approved provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences through the ASCLS PACE program.
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