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Health & Science Policy

Latest AACC Position Statements

Modernization of CLIA: Certificate of Waiver Testing Sites

AACC supports greater federal monitoring of laboratories performing only Certificate of Waiver testing. AACC recommends that CMS expand its oversight and exhort facilities to adopt good laboratory practices.

Advancing Value-Based Healthcare: Laboratory Medicine’s Essential Role

AACC supports efforts to improve patient care through better test utilization and test interpretation. These objectives can be accomplished through a variety of means, such as increased use of evidence-based test protocols, the creation of clinical decision support systems, and expanded clinician education.

Pediatric Lab Results: The Need for "Normal"

AACC supports the creation of a national repository to collect and store pediatric samples from healthy children that can be used to develop more precise age, developmental, ethnic, and gender-specific reference intervals.

Modernization of CLIA

In response to calls for the Food and Drug Administration to regulate laboratory-developed tests, AACC strongly recommends that the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) remain the primary mechanism for overseeing these tests.

Direct-to-Consumer Laboratory Testing

DTC laboratory testing is a key element of ongoing efforts to increase individuals’ engagement in managing their healthcare, and it is critical that DTC test results are accurate and well understood. Laboratory professionals play a vital role in this process.

Advancing Personalized/Precision Medicine

Laboratory medicine is key to enabling the practice of precision medicine. Policymakers and payers should adopt policies that ensure access to and appropriate reimbursement for laboratory testing that will facilitate personalized therapeutic decisions.