JUN 11, 2015 02:00 PM PDT

Clinical Laboratories Go To Washington

  • Vice President of Government Relations, American Clinical Laboratory Association
      Tom Sparkman was named Vice President for Government Relations for the American Clinical Laboratory Association in March 2013. Prior to joining ACLA, Mr. Sparkman was a senior lobbyist at a top lobbying firm in Washington representing biotech and medical device innovators, hospitals and other providers, among others. Joining the firm in 2008, he helped build coalitions on and off Capitol Hill to achieve his client's legislative and policy goals.

      Mr. Sparkman has also held positions with the National Association of State Medicaid Directors, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, in addition to having practiced as a pharmacist in Northern Virginia for over ten years. He holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Rutgers University, a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a Juris Doctor from American University and is licensed as a pharmacist in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is an Associate Member of the Virginia State Bar.

    Clinical laboratories and, indeed, health care overall, are facing potential paradigm shifts in how innovative and higher quality care are delivered to patients. From ever more precise and accurate clinical laboratory diagnostics to downward pressure on reimbursement, both the opportunities and challenges for labs are real. Clinical laboratories must be fully engaged with the national discourse on health policy as reforms continue to roll forward to ensure they are key players in increasing the quality of care available to patients

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