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    ePolicy News July 2012

    June 28, 2012
    Supreme Court Stuns: Upholds ACA, Including Individual Mandate
    ASCP Will Continue Proactive Stance on Implementation of ACA

    In a stunning victory for President Barack Obama, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld almost all of the President’s signature healthcare law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), including its controversial individual mandate. In a decision that rocked the nation, the 5–4 decision, included the support of Chief Justice Roberts, usually a reliably conservative member of the court, along with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayer, Stephen Breyer, and Elena Kagen. Justice Anthony Kennedy, often a swing vote who many thought would decide the case, voted in the minority, which argued that the ACA is its entirety, not just the individual mandate, was unconstitutional. Read more
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    ePolicy News June 2012

    May 31, 2012
    ASCP Tells Congress: Self Referral, EHR Meaningful Use Reform Critical
    In a May 27 letter to the U.S. House Ways and Means Republican leadership, ASCP outlined several policy recommendations to address the failures of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule’s (PFS) annual update process. If not for Congressional intervention, the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) would regularly impose massive cuts in the PFS. Indeed for 2013, the SGR formula would trim the PFS by approximately one third! Read more
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    ePolicy News May 2012

    April 30, 2012
    ASCP Opens Institute for Science, Technology, and Policy
    The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) recently launched its Institute for Science, Technology & Policy. Housed in Washington, D.C., the Institute is home to the Center for Public Policy and the Center for Science and Technology. Through these Centers, ASCP will foster work in the areas of Evidence-Based Practice, Patient-Centered Outcomes, Health Service Delivery, Precision Diagnostics, New Technology Delivery, Industry Relations, and Scientific Ambassadorship. Read more