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    ePolicy News October 2012

    October 01, 2012
    CMS Provides Pathologists Temporary Relief from Meaningful Use Penalties
    The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will shield pathologists, at least temporarily, from the Meaningful Use program’s noncompliance penalties that go into effect in 2015. The relief was provided as part of the agency’s Meaningful Use Stage Two Final Rule, released in late August at ASCP’s urging. The rule also provides protection for radiologists and anesthesiologists. Read more
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    ePolicy News September 2012

    September 05, 2012
    Federal Appeals Court Upholds Earlier Gene Patent Ruling
    Last month, a divided U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals upheld its ruling that gives Myriad Genetics the right to patent BRCA 1 and BRCA2, two genes that are linked to increased rates of breast and ovarian cancer. The patents allow Myriad to be the exclusive U.S. commercial provider of screening assays for these genes, and permit the company to determine the terms and price for testing, making it impossible for women to access alternate tests or obtain a second opinion about their results. The patents also give Myriad the authority to prohibit researchers from investigating these genes without first gaining permission. Read more
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    ePolicy News August 2012

    July 30, 2012
    ASCP AIDS Efforts Take to the International Stage
    Highlights Laboratory Initiatives during 2012 International AIDS Conference

    Art and Science: ASCP at the Center of the Laboratory Capacity Building in Resource-Limited Countries, an ASCP sponsored session focused on the laboratory in the fight against AIDS during the 2012 International Conference, in Washington, D.C. Moderated by Shannon Castle, ASCP Director of Global Outreach, the session profiled ASCP’s laboratory and laboratory workforce strengthening activities, such as training laboratory professional faculty, improving the curriculum for laboratory professionals, and enhancing laboratory procedures and facilities to receive accreditation. Read more

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