Contact: Peter Patterson
(202) 835-8718
800-892-1400 ext. 1718
Email: ppatterson@aacc.org

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Washington, DC – August 16, 2011     The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) announces the launch of its latest Online Certificate Program, Regulatory Affairs. Number eight in a series of programs providing comprehensive coverage of select areas of clinical laboratory practice, the Regulatory Affairs Certificate Program addresses important issues for the laboratory: Regulatory Oversight, Key Federal Laboratory Regulations, State and Private Oversight and Resources, Compliance and Medicare Fraud and Abuse Provisions, and Reimbursement for Laboratory Services.

Laboratory reimbursement and compliance are affected by regulation at federal, state and local levels, and laboratories must operate under very exacting conditions. AACC’s new certificate program provides comprehensive coverage of regulatory oversight, including issues such as:

  • the development of regulations, their importance, and how they can be influenced
  • the important regulations affecting clinical laboratories, such as CLIA ‘88
  • the key participants in regulatory oversight and development
  • the basic elements of federal fraud and abuse oversight; and
  • how clinical laboratories are reimbursed for their services

Participants may earn 10 hours of continuing education credit for completing the entire program.

The program was developed by an expert faculty: Sharon Ehrmeyer, PhD, University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison, WI; Robert Murray, PhD, JD, Midwest Diagnostic Pathology, Park Ridge, IL; and Charles Root, PhD, and Gregory Root, of Codemap, Schaumburg, IL. Vincent Stine, PhD, AACC’s Director of Government Affairs and the program’s faculty chair, commented “This certificate program is a must for laboratorians looking to navigate the world of regulations. It provides participants with the essentials for maintaining compliance in their laboratories.”

For more information about the program or AACC, contact Peter Patterson by email, or on either of the above phone numbers.

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AACC is a leading professional society dedicated to improving healthcare through laboratory medicine. Its over 9,000 members are clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, research scientists, and others involved in developing tests and directing laboratory operations. AACC brings this community together with programs that advance knowledge, expertise, and innovation.