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An Unusual Bit of Proposed Women’s Health Legislation

March 17, 2008

HR 1237 popped up in one of my legislative monitoring feeds this morning, the first I’ve heard of this bill, the Cytology Proficiency Improvement Act of 2007, sponsored by my state Rep, Bart Gordon. It has been passed out of a House committee and recommended for consideration by the full body. The proposed legislation is “To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide revised standards for quality assurance in screening and evaluation of gynecologic cytology preparations, and for other purposes.” In other words, it is an attempt to maintain and improve the skills and knowledge of those involved in laboratory services such as interpreting your annual Pap test.

More specifically, it requires each clinical laboratory to “ensure that all individuals involved in screening and interpreting cytological preparations at the laboratory participate annually in a continuing medical education program in gynecologic cytology that is approved by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Medical Education or the American Academy of Continuing Medical Education, and provides each individual participating in the program with gynecologic cytologic preparations (in the form of referenced glass slides or equivalent technologies) designed to improve the locator, recognition and interpretive skills of the individual.”

The companion Senate bill has not yet been considered.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 17, 2008 9:03 am

    Room for improvement in this field will always be welcomed. Skill and knowledge is of the utmost importance in our laboratories.

  2. March 17, 2008 9:29 am

    Wait. What? Someone has proposed legislation in the state of Tennessee that actually would help women?

    Has the world gone mad?

  3. March 17, 2008 10:07 am

    Nope, it’s federal, from Tennessean Bart Gordon. So the world has only gone half-mad.

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