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Urgent Action Needed: Tennessee Bill Undermines Patient Care, Laboratory Standards

Monday, March 25, 2013

Tennessee Legislation May Compromise Patient Care, Quality Testing
Bill May Gut Laboratory Personnel Licensure

ASCP is urging the medical laboratory community in Tennessee to contact their state elected officials about legislation that could compromise patient care and undermine the quality of laboratory medicine and the state’s laboratory personnel licensure requirements.

This week, both the Tennessee Senate Committee on Health and Welfare and House Committee on Health will consider legislation that could exempt many Tennessee medical laboratories from the state requirement to use licensed personnel for the supervision and performance of laboratory testing. The measures, HB1164 and SB1269, significantly expand the scope of the current exemption beyond those laboratories exclusively providing forensic and compliance drug testing services. The bill also eliminates the state prohibition that testing performed at exempt laboratories may not be used for patient diagnosis and treatment.

ASCP urges you to contact your state legislators via the ASCP e-Advocacy Center to urge them to oppose HB1164 and SB1269. Click here to send your state elected officials a pre-drafted message.