ACLA Press Releases

  • CDC, Private Sector Laboratory Partners Build on Cross-Sector Collaboration Related to Emergency Preparation & Response

    June 13, 2019
    ATLANTA, G.A. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) led a tabletop exercise with multiple partners to strengthen diagnostic laboratory surge testing capacity during an emergency response. The purpose of the exercise was to assess the utility of a newly created CDC Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Laboratory Task Force Guide, and to review the processes for commercial clinical laboratories to provide diagnosticContinue Reading »...
  • New Report Highlights Value of Clinical Labs to U.S. Economy

    May 06, 2019
    Washington, D.C. – The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) today released new economic data highlighting the contributions of clinical laboratories to the economy and the job market in the United States. The findings provide a snapshot of the benefits clinical labs provide to the national economy as well as states and local communities. Clinical laboratories support more than 688,000 jobs in the workforce, bringingContinue Reading »...
  • More Than 80 Leading Health Organizations Call on Congress to Modernize Clinical Diagnostic Oversight 

    May 06, 2019
    Washington, D.C. – As part of a renewed push to advance comprehensive diagnostic reform, more than 80 leading health care companies and organizations representing patients, providers, laboratories and diagnostic manufacturers reiterated the urgent need for Congressional action on a modernized regulatory framework for clinical laboratory diagnostics. Patients have yet to benefit from groundbreaking clinical diagnostics that monitor and support treatment for complex and rareContinue Reading »...
  • ACLA Elects 2019-2020 Board of Directors

    March 28, 2019
    Washington, D.C. – The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) today announced the election of its new Board of Directors for 2019-2020. Douglas M. VanOort, Chairman and CEO of NeoGenomics Laboratories will take on a new leadership role as ACLA Board Chair, replacing Dr. Curtis Hanson of Mayo Clinic Laboratories. Jerry Hussong, CEO of Sonic Healthcare USA was elected Vice Chair and John Kolozsvary, CEOContinue Reading »...
  • ACLA Files Reply Brief Ahead of Oral Arguments in ACLA v. Azar Appeal

    March 18, 2019
    HHS’ data collection process under PAMA disregards Congressional intent, jeopardizing lab access for millions of seniors Washington, D.C. – The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) filed a reply brief today ahead of oral arguments in the ACLA v. Azar appeal which has been scheduled for April 23, 2019. The brief reinforces ACLA’s argument that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) failedContinue Reading »...
  • ACLA Statement on New Genetic Testing Guidelines for Hereditary Breast Cancer

    February 27, 2019
    New guidelines issued by the American Society of Breast Surgeons call for genetic testing to be available for all breast cancer patients Washington, D.C. – In response to the American Society of Breast Surgeons’ (ASBrS) recently released guidelines on genetic testing for hereditary breast cancer, ACLA President Julie Khani issued the following statement: “Our ability to pinpoint the start of breast cancer at itsContinue Reading »...
  • Leading Health Groups Challenge GAO’s Flawed Report on Medicare Lab Billing

    February 25, 2019
    Washington, D.C. – In response to broad and misleading claims in a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, leading clinical laboratory, diagnostic and provider organizations challenged the agency on a number of recommendations that could lead to disruption to seniors’ access to critical laboratory diagnostics. The joint letter from AdvaMedDx, American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA), College of American Pathologists (CAP), National Independent Laboratory Association (NILA)Continue Reading »...
  • More than 60 Leading Health Care Organizations Call on CMS to Maintain Coverage for Medically Necessary Cancer Testing

    February 01, 2019
    Overly broad interpretation of national coverage determination for next generation sequencing restricts Medicare beneficiary access to vital testing and adversely impacts cancer care  WASHINGTON, DC – February 1, 2019 – Leading health care companies and organizations representing patients, providers, academic medical centers, laboratories, and diagnostic manufacturers urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to revise its interpretation of the National Coverage DeterminationContinue Reading »...
  • ACLA Statement on GAO Analysis & Medicare Lab Payments

    January 25, 2019
    Latest report reflects misleading, inaccurate assumptions on Medicare lab billing & payment  Washington, D.C. – Following the recent release of the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) report on billing and reimbursement for clinical lab tests under the Medicare program, Julie Khani, President of the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA), issued the following statement: “GAO’s conclusions on overbilling of laboratory services in the Medicare program are fundamentallyContinue Reading »...
  • ACLA Expands Policy, Government Affairs Teams with Joan Kegerize, Liz Thomas

    January 22, 2019
    Kegerize to help lead ACLA’s policy work related to reimbursement & scientific affairs; Thomas to support industry’s broader advocacy and federal affairs priorities  Washington, D.C. – The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) today announced two new additions to the Association’s policy and advocacy teams. Joan Kegerize, who previously served as a principal consultant for GMBI Consulting, will serve as Vice President of Reimbursement andContinue Reading »...
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