Public and Scientific Affairs Board

Public and Scientific Affairs Board

ASM submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on payment for new codes which will be included in the 2019 Medicare Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS). New codes considered include several Borrelia diagnostic tests.

ASM joins laboratory societies in two letters on the Palmetto Draft Local Coverage Determinations on Multiplex Nucleic Acid Amplified Tests for Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Panels.

The ASM calls upon Congress to continue to make available the
balance of FY 2015 Ebola emergency funding, and to work through the FY 2019 appropriations
process to create a robust public health emergency contingency fund that allows the United
States to respond rapidly to Ebola and other pandemics that threaten our homeland.

The ASM Office of Public Affairs has prepared a document explaining science-related spending in the fiscal year 2018 Omnibus Spending Bill.

ASM drafted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) personnel requirements and appropriate sanctions in situations where they determine that a laboratory has referred its proficiency testing samples to another laboratory.  ASM strongly recommends that all laboratory testing personnel meet the 24 semester hour science requirement for high complexity testing. 

The American Society for Microbiology issued the following statement in response to the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget released yesterday.

ASM signed on to a letter supporting increased 302b allocations for science research. The letter, signed by 95 businesses, universities, and science and engineering organizations, urges increases in CJS, E&W, and DOD science funding.

Check the latest update from HHS on what the shutdown means for the nation's top public health agencies. View the notice of activities to remain open and to be closed. 

ASM signed on to a letter in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund. The letter was sent to congressional leadership on January 18th and was signed by 177 health and science groups.

The American Society for Microbiology is in complete support of the National Institutes of Health lifting the funding pause on gain-of-function (GoF) experiments involving influenza, SARS, and MERS viruses. 

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