ASCP and the Association for Pathology Informatics are urging the federal government to take immediate action to help laboratories better adapt their workforce needs to the demands of testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We are working together to get the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide laboratories with the temporary flexibility needed to allow pathologists and laboratory professionals to meet their patients’ pathology needs remotely.
CMS requires that individuals reviewing or interpreting digital slides must do so at a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA)-certified location. Securing a CLIA certificate can take months or longer and creates an unnecessary burden on clinical laboratories.
Allowing pathologists and laboratory professionals to provide services remotely would help laboratories better adjust to the current testing environment, which is also a recent recommendation by the federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee. Given severe shortages of pathologists and laboratory professionals at many U.S. laboratories and the need to follow the President’s call for social distancing, we believe the existing CLIA requirement unnecessarily creates barriers to optimum patient care and puts our workforce at risk.
We need YOUR help to push the federal government to help laboratories meet our nation’s testing needs. Please use the ASCP eAdvocacy Center TODAY to send CMS and Congress a message that WE NEED THEIR HELP.