WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) today announced the hiring of David Cooling as the association’s new director of government relations. Cooling brings extensive advocacy and public policy experience to ACLA, most recently serving as a consultant analyzing legislation and regulations for health plans, hospitals and physician practices. Cooling reports to Tom Sparkman, ACLA’s vice president of government relations.
“We are very pleased to have David join ACLA, and build upon our effective advocacy team,” said Julie Khani, president of ACLA. “David’s health policy background and experience representing health care providers will serve ACLA and its membership well as we work with the new administration and Congress on policies that promote innovation and protect and enhance patient access to life-improving and life-saving diagnostics.”
Cooling has also served as director of state and federal policy for the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance where he helped to delay the medical device excise tax and stave off medical imaging reimbursement cuts. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Georgetown University and received his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Iowa.
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The ACLA is a not-for-profit association representing the nation’s leading national, regional and esoteric clinical laboratories on key issues of common concern, including federal and state government reimbursement and regulatory policies.