APC Statements and Reports

2021

Date Title
April 5 APC Supports the VITAL Act: APC endorses the Verified Innovative Testing in American Laboratories (VITAL) Act, which would codify current federal regulations that place oversight of laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In cooperation with the Association for Molecular Pathology, APC submitted a letter of support for reintroduction of VITAL to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Rand Paul.
March 15 APC Supports Comments to the Federal Registrar: APC joined ADASP, ASCP, and CAP in endorsing comments submitted by the Association for Pathology Informatics (API) to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on making permanent regulatory flexibilities provided during the COVID-19 public health emergency by exempting certain medical devices from premarket notification requirements, including several devices used in remote and digital pathology.
March 11 NIH Capitol Hill Day Report: Representing APC and the Research Committee, Dr. Daniel Remick attended an annual Capitol Hill Day hosted by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) on March 11, 2021. This year’s participants met virtually with Congressional staff to advocate for additional funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Click here to read Dr. Remick’s report.
March 8 APC Supports Additional HRSA Funding: Again, in 2021, APC joined fellow Friends of HRSA and the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition in support of funding for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), including $1.51 billion for the Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce development programs and $9.2 billion for HRSA to sustain their important work in medical workforce pipeline research and development.
February 9 APC Supports Tracking COVID-19 Variants Act: APC signed on to a letter of support for the Tracking COVID-19 Variants Act. The bill aims to provide supplemental funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expand sequencing. The bill is supported by the American Society for Microbiology, Association for Molecular Pathology and University of California Health. Funding is intended to be broad-based, including academic labs, especially those already engaged in CDC’s SPHERES program.
January 29

APC Supports FY22 National Institutes of Health Funding: APC signed on to a letter of support organized by the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research. The letter recommends for FY22 a program level of at least $46.111 billion, which represents a $3.177 billion increase over the comparable FY21 funding level, which would allow for the NIH’s base budget to keep pace with the biomedical research and development price index (BRDPI) and allow meaningful growth of 5%. The letter also advocates for emergency supplemental funding to support COVID-19-related expenses associated with both pandemic- and non-pandemic research and the research workforce pipeline.

January 18 2021 APC Advocacy Priorities: In cooperation with APC’s Advocacy Committee, which consists of representatives from the Graduate Medical Education, Practice & Management, Research, and Undergraduate Medical Education Committees, APC Council issued APC’s 2021 Advocacy Priorities.

 

2020

Date Title
December 4 The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research Letter on NIH to President-Elect Biden
November 24 FY2021 CDC Funding Coalition Letter
October 30 Novel Testing White Paper
October 19 Comments on Proposed Visa Changes Impacting Trainees: APC submitted comments in opposition to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s proposed rule of establishing a fixed time period for certain classes of non-immigrant visas, including J-1 visas. The response emphasizes, “Due to the uncertainty of outcomes in applications for extension, APC anticipates crippling disruptions to resident and fellow training in pathology, with devastating impact on the pipeline of pathologists in the U.S."
October 5 E&M Coalition Letter to CMS: APC joined nearly 50 professional medical organizations as part of the Evaluation and Management (E&M) Coalition, led by the American College of Radiology, in signing a letter requesting CMS to take the necessary steps to prevent steep cuts associated with the finalized E/M code policies slated for implementation on January 1, 2021.
September 9 Testimony in the ACGME External Stakeholders Congress: Leaders of the APC GME Committee, PRODS Council, and GMEAS Council are preparing to give testimony in the ACGME External Stakeholders Congress on November 10, 2020. Their testimony will be based on APC’s comments to ACGME on Common and specialty-specific Program Requirements relating to duties, functions, dedicated time, and support for program directors, assistant/associate program directors, program coordinators, and core faculty members.
July 30

Statement on the Value of Academic Labs and Their Supply Chain Issues During the 2020 COVID-19 Outbreak in the United States: The goal of this APC statement is to articulate the unequivocal value that academic labs can have in the nation’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, but whose participation in that recovery has been handicapped by the prevalence and persistence of an unstable supply chain for reagents.

February 26 FY2021 CDC Funding Support Letter
February 26 FY2021 HRSA Funding Support Letter

 

2019

Date Title
November 27                Letter to CMS on NCD for NGS
October 24                FY2020 NIH Funding
July 17                 PAMA Stakeholder Statement
October 22                 PCORI-Reauthorization Act Letter
May 20                 Stakeholder Letter Requesting a Comment Extension on NGS NCD Reconsideration
March 4                 FY2020 CDC Funding Coalition Letter
February 22                 APC support for an increased NIH budget with the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research
February 14 APC Comments on the VALID Act draft legislation
February 5 APC Position Paper on Assessing Autopsy Competency in Pathology Residency Training
February 5 APC Position Paper on Surgical Pathology Residency Training
January 31 Stakeholder Letter to CMS on NCD for NGS for Medicare beneficiaries with early-stage cancer
January 29 APC and CAP Letter to the Editor of JAMA refuting a recent AMA News article that misrepresented pathology

 

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