ASCLS is proud to work with Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA), American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), Association of Genetic Technologists (AGT), American Medical Technologists (AMT), and the National Society for Histotechnology (NSH) on the Legislative Symposium each year. 

LegDaygraphicThough this ASCLS tradition that originated in 1989, the members of these organizations meet with their Representatives and Senators on Capitol Hill as a unified front on behalf of our profession. Each year these leading organizations urge their members and leaders to come to Washington to provide a visible and informed voice, and make our concerns known inside Congress.

Education, Experience, Leadership

The Legislative Symposium provides a great education on the how-to's of lobbying. Attendees are coached on presentation techniques so they can effectively talk to their congressional representative during their appointments. They are well received in the congressional offices. Attendees return home from Washington with first-hand knowledge of the political system in action and confidence that they make a difference.

The 2018 Legislative Symposium will be held March 19 - 20 at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria, VA.  Each attendee will receive pre-meeting emails describing the issues to be discussed with their Congressional representatives as well as extensive information to be left with each office.

Wondering what the Legislative Symposium is like?

Laboratory professionals at all stages of their careers attend the Legislative Symposium. Programming is built to accommodate everyone's experiences, from first time attendees to those who know all the secret passages to get around The Hill. Here are three views of last year's Symposium.


General Information

Registration is open to members of ASCLS, ASCP, CLMA, AMT, AGT, and NSH.

Early Bird (until 2/16/2018) $225
Regular (until 3/9/2018) $275
Onsite $325

Register online or download the registration form and submit your registration with a check.

All Symposium events will take place at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town, located in historic Alexandria, Virginia; convenient to King Street shops and restaurants, Reagan National Airport and the King Street Metro stop (Blue and Yellow Lines).  A block of rooms has been set aside for Legislative Symposium attendees and will be held until March 3, 2018.  Accommodations are $164 for single or double rooms, plus any additional applicable taxes.  Make reservations online or call the Hilton directly at 800-445-8667 and mention Hilton Old Town and the event "ASCLS 2018 Legislative Symposium."


Click here to access the agenda and handouts online via the meeting app website.

MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018
8:00 am – 8:15 am  Welcome from the Partners
8:15 am – 8:30 am Meeting Overview
Jim Flanigan, ASCLS
8:30 am – 9:15 am    Overview of the Political Environment in Washington
9:15 am – 10:00am  Addressing Laboratory Workforce Shortages 
10:00 am – 10:15 am  BREAK
10:15 am– 11:15 am  PAMA – Advocacy After Implementation
11:15 am - 12:00 pm   CMS Personnel Regulation Request for Action Briefing
12:00 pm - 12:15 pm    Political Action Committee- ASCLS PAC Board of Trustees
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm    LUNCH (Washington/Jefferson Room and Foyer)
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm  Preparing for Congressional Visits
  • Review of Issues, Leave Behinds and “Talking Points”
  • Walk Through Feedback on Visits
  • How Congressional Offices Work
  • How Legislative Staff View Your Visit
  • How to Communicate Your Message Effectively
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm The Diagnostic Accuracy and Innovation Act (DAIA)
 Sarah Killeen, Legislative Director in the Office of Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN)
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm  Advocacy Perspectives Outside the Laboratory Profession
Cynthia K. Morton, MPA, Executive Vice President National Association for the Support of Long Term Care
3:45 pm – 4:15 pm BREAK
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Congressional Update
Representative Mike Bishop (R-MI), Committee on Ways and Means
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Practicing Your Message/Making a Difference
  • Developing your personal advocacy message
  • Breakouts and Role-Playing
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm  RECEPTION
6:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast (Washington/Jefferson Room and Foyer)
8:00 am  Begin traveling to Capitol Hill Appointments (on your own)





View the comments ASCLS and our fellow laboratory organizations provided to the Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the update to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) personnel regulations.

American Clinical Laboratory Association 
American Hospital Association 
American Medical Technologists
American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification
National Society for Histotechnology


Meeting App Information

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The Legislative Symposium mobile app is available for download.  This app is an important tool for your meeting experience by allowing you to accesss the agenda and any applicable handouts.  Access the app using the links above or visit Google play store or the iTunes app store, and search for "ASCLS Events."  After downloading the app, you will need to create an account to access the app.  If you have previously downloaded the app, you should not need to re-download it (unless for troubleshooting purposes).  You will only need to select the current event - 2018 Legislative Symposium.