Level One Priorities

Public-Policy

Level One Priorities

Within each of the advocacy areas, ordering sequence does not denote importance. As issues evolve, their respective priority levels may change.

Patient Safety and Laboratory Quality

  • Laboratory developed tests
  • Direct access to testing
  • Patient safety within the laboratory and the healthcare environment
  • Medical error identification and reduction

The Future of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

  • Personalized medicine
  • Paradigm of practice

Laboratory Workforce

  • Funding for laboratory professional training and students
  • Educational opportunities to improve the supply of qualified laboratory professionals
  • Adequate funding for graduate medical education in pathology
  • Recognition of pathologists and laboratory professionals as an integral part of the healthcare team
  • Performance evaluation: pay for performance

Personnel Standards and Licensure

  • Formal personnel training and certification requirements
  • Principles for the licensure and national certification of laboratory professionals
  • Scope of practice of pathologists and laboratory professionals

Payment

  • Reasonable and adequate coding reimbursement
  • Opposition to methods of payment for clinical laboratory services which implement co-payments or competitive bidding
  • Accurate and appropriate coding for clinical laboratory professionals
  • Opposition to illegal and unethical practices with regard to laboratory billing (e.g. fee splitting)
  • Monitoring of proposals to bundle Medicare services

Health Information Technology

  • Pathology and laboratory medicine informatics
  • Electronic medical records (EMRs)
  • Health data repository

Health Care Systems

  • Health Care Reform

Global Health

  • Support for global health initiatives to promote quality laboratory practice