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

Through 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-tos of lobbying. Attendees are coached on presentation techniques so they can effectively talk to their congressional representatives 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 2022 Legislative Symposium is scheduled for September 26-27, 2022 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 views of recent Symposiums.

Registration is open to members of ASCLS, ASCP, CLMA, AMT, AGT, NSH, and PAMET-USA. The symposium is available for virtual attendees who will not be able to travel to Alexandria/Washington, DC.

Deadline   Face to Face In Alexandria   Virtual Attendance
Early Bird (until 9/13/2021) $290 $95
Regular (until 10/4/2021) $340 $145
Onsite $390 $195

 

Registration is Open

Due to the need to maintain social distancing, in-person registration is capped at 75. A virtual attendance option is newly available this year at a discounted rate. Attendees should anticipate requirements for attendance at the symposium and to gain access to Capitol Hill. These may include proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and compliance with indoor masking requirements. Provided they inform ASCLS prior to the event, those unable to comply with these mandates will be provided a full refund of their in person registration fees or a conversion to virtual attendance with the balance of the difference in cost refunded

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 until October 14, 2021 or until the room block is sold out. Accommodations are $181 for single or double rooms, plus any additional applicable taxes.

Sample Agenda

The final agenda and handouts will be available one week prior to the Symposium.

MONDAY, October 25, 2021
7:30 am – 8:00 am REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
8:00 am – 8:15 am Welcome from the Partners
8:15 am – 8:30 am Meeting Overview
8:30 am – 9:15 am Overview of the Political Environment in Washington
9:15 am – 10:00am Issue Brief #1
10:00 am – 10:15 am BREAK
10:15 am– 11:15 am Issue Brief #1 Continued
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Issue Brief #2
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Networking Lunch
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 Issue Brief #3
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm Advocacy Perspectives Outside the Laboratory Profession
3:45 pm – 4:15 pm BREAK
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Congressional Update
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Practicing Your Message/Making a Difference

  • Developing your personal advocacy message
  • Breakouts and Role-Playing
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm RECEPTION
TUESDAY, October 26, 2021
6:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am Begin traveling to Capitol Hill Appointments (on your own)

Attendees will earn 6 contact hours for participating in the 2021 Legislative Symposium.

Session Description: The Laboratory Legislative Symposium brings laboratory professionals and stakeholders together to discuss current legislative and regulatory issues impacting medical laboratory practice. This session will inform the learner of current or potential legislation and federal regulations that can impact the laboratory and the steps they can take to communicate their message and influence member of congress and other federal decision-makers.

General Objectives

  • Discuss current and proposed federal legislation, and recently passed laws that impact clinical laboratories, including reimbursement for diagnostic testing and federal oversight of laboratory developed tests.
  • Review ways laboratory professionals can most effectively voice their concerns and impact the legislative process.
  • Review regulations that effect current and future practice in clinical laboratories.
  • Recognize the effects changing standards might affect clinical laboratories.
  • Explain how increasing demand for more testing and more complex testing will outpace the small increases in graduates from current training programs over the coming decade.

Level of Instruction: Intermediate

ASCLS is an approved provider of continuing education by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program. P.A.C.E. is accepted by the Board of Certification (BOC) Credential Maintenance Program and all licensing states, including California and Florida.