AAPA Legislative Alert – CMS Request for Information
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
We at the American Association of Pathologists’ Assistants (AAPA) are continuously partnering with other laboratory professionals and monitoring any changes in rules and regulations that could possibly affect our members and the Pathologists’ Assistant profession. Information also comes to us from member questions, monitoring the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), social media, CAP/TJC/CMS inspectors, and other sources.
In the summer of 2016, the AAPA was requested to respond, as a member institution, under the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (BOC) Board of Governors (BOG) in support of sending a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning proposed revisions to Personnel regulations under 42 CFR 493. The AAPA and many other organizations and laboratorians added their signature to this letter to urge CMS to rescind this policy.
We strongly encourage you to read the proposed changes at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-09/pdf/2017-27887.pdf, 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.
NOW IS YOUR TIME TO ACT. Public comment on this matter is open until March 12, 2018. The AAPA is actively attempting to discern how these proposed changes could negatively affect Pathologists' Assistants, and will promptly submit an appropriate response concerning the proposed revisions. All members are encouraged to submit their own comments. I, along with the AAPA Board of Trustees, will be crafting a template to assist you. Please 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.