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Health care has seen more dramatic changes in the last few years than in previous decades combined, with intense political activity and breakthrough technology creating a rapidly shifting landscape for professionals in pathology and laboratory medicine. ASCP continues to step up and advocate for our members and professional community in the United States and across the globe, helping interpret the latest regulatory actions and promote beneficial developments.

In a stunning victory for U.S. President Barack Obama, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld almost all of the President’s signature healthcare law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), including its controversial individual mandate. ASCP has been and will continue to remain proactive regarding the implementation of various components of health reform law and will continue to back regulations that maximize the role of laboratory medicine in improving patient health.

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ASCP is working strategically on collaborative projects with our sister medical association partners to heighten the awareness of cost-prohibitive poor practices and eventually garner the attention of government and third-party payers, Mr. Jacobs said.

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Specifically, ASCP has been most active concerning accountable care organizations, meaningful use as it relates to the electronic health record, and the implementation of a proposal to bundle payments. Many of these elements will continue to pressure the health system to be more performance based, moving away from a pure fee-for-service model. ASCP has focused its efforts to ensure that quality laboratory medicine is available for improving patient outcomes.

With an estimated $6.8 billion in medical care in the United States related to unnecessary testing and procedures that not only do not improve care, but may harm patients,1 there has never been a more crucial time to concentrate on appropriate test utilization. “ASCP is working strategically on collaborative projects with our sister medical association partners to heighten the awareness of cost-prohibitive poor practices and eventually garner the attention of government and third-party payers,” said ASCP Senior Vice President of Science, Technology, and Policy Jeff Jacobs.

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1. The Good Stewardship Working Group. The ‘top 5’ lists in primary care meeting the responsibility
of professionalism. Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(15);1385–1390.


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