2020 Legislative Symposium Cancelled

After wrestling with a large number of cancellations due to employer restrictions on travel, changes to our nation’s posture on combating the spread of SARSCoV2 and preventing our healthcare system from being overrun with COVID-19 disease have left us with no choice but to cancel this year’s Legislative Symposium.

We will be assessing whether we will be rescheduling the symposium or offering refunds. This will take several weeks.

If you have not done so already, you need to cancel your hotel reservations at the Hilton Old Town Alexandria directly. An excellent overview of how different national carriers are accommodating ticket cancellations is contained here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/airline-news/2020/03/09/coronavirus-travel-airline-change-fees-delta-adds-waivers-flexibility/5002855002/

This does not shake our strong belief that the current environment shining a spotlight on laboratory personnel and their work will provide us an opportunity to get movement in Washington issues important to laboratory professionals 

All our areas of advocacy focus ultimately relate to COVD-19. 

If the nation is to have the kind of robust and resilient clinical laboratory system capable to responding to a global pandemic, Congress needs to ensure that appropriate resources are supporting the development of new professionals and needs to provide for the proper compensation of laboratories for their work, instead of indiscriminately cutting fees and leaving laboratories without appropriate resources. And, Congress needs to enact a framework for how laboratory developed tests are regulated to avoid the kind of uncertainty that delayed expedited rollout of COVID-19 testing.

ASCLS, in coordination with our partner societies, will begin working on virtual advocacy over the coming weeks. We hope we can count on your assistance.