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July 26, 2017

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Reserve your seat at featured Advocacy Courses

Registration is now open for key CAP policy and advocacy courses and roundtable discussions important to the pathology specialty during CAP17 at the Gaylord National Harbor from October 8–11, 2017.

Learn about the new Pathologists Quality Registry and how it can help you comply with the Quality Payment Program in 2017 during the Optimize Your Medicare Bonus Potential with the Pathologists Quality Registry session on Monday, October 9.

Additional CAP advocacy courses and roundtable discussions are also available at CAP17:

  • M1596: How is My Payment Determined for Pathology Services?
  • R1690: My Surgical Pathology and Cytopathology Coding Dilemmas
  • R1691: Current Payment Policy Challenges in Pathology Practice
  • S1620: Medicare’s New Quality Payment Program and the Physician Fee Schedule

Check out the full list of Advocacy courses offered at CAP17.

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Learn about the current trends in Pathology Practice and how it shapes CAP Advocacy efforts

Be the first to learn about results from CAP's 2017 Practice Characteristics Survey at CAP17's Exclusive: Results from the 2017 CAP Practice Characteristics Survey advocacy course. The course will be held on Tuesday, October 10, from 12:30–1:30 PM at CAP17. Taught by Michael B. Cohen, MD, FCAP, Chair of the CAP Policy Roundtable, and by David J. Gross, PhD, Director of the Policy Roundtable, the course will review the latest pathology demographic data, the different types of pathology services, the latest trends in compensation, and discuss what issues are most important to pathologists. Moreover, you will learn about how results from this year's survey compare to the 2017 Practice Characteristics Survey.

Registration is now open for key CAP policy and advocacy courses during CAP17 at the Gaylord National Harbor from October 8–11, 2017.

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Mark your calendars as the 2018 CAP Policy Meeting is set from April 30–May 2 at the Washington Marriott in Washington, DC. This is the meeting where CAP members can connect directly with government leaders and policy experts to discuss the impact of Federal regulation on their practice.

Registration will open soon for the CAP Annual Policy Meeting. Stay tuned for more updates.

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David Gang, MD, FCAP

No matter what kind of practice setting is in your future, health policy and payment models will impact you and your practice. On Wednesday, August 9 at 1 PM (ET), the CAP will host an Advocacy webinar on what residents need to know about reimbursement policies and how advocacy plays a vital role in your pathology practice livelihood.

During this 60-minute informative webinar, you will learn about the College of American Pathologists (CAP) advocacy and policy agenda, and how it directly impacts all residents and pathologists.

Kelsey McHugh, MD

Led by David Gang, MD, FCAP, Vice-Chair of the CAP’s Federal and State Affairs Committee, and Kelsey McHugh, MD, junior member of the CAP's Federal and State Affairs Committee, attendees will learn about health policy basics and the importance of getting involved in CAP initiatives that helps to advocate for patients.

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CAP Members from top to bottom, Joe Saad, MD, FCAP; David Gang, MD, FCAP; Robert P. DeCresce MD, FCAP; Patrick Godbey, MD, FCAP

Provider network adequacy and balance billing influence the market value of pathology services, regardless of whether a pathologist is an employee or an independent contractor. In recent years, state regulators have failed to ensure health plans maintain robust networks of physicians as insurers created narrow and "ultra-narrow" networks of providers. The CAP has strongly advocated for state regulators to protect patients from health plans with inadequate networks of pathologists and other hospital-based physicians.

During this 60-minute informative webinar on August 22, 2017, at 1 PM ET, you will learn more about the CAP's state advocacy strategy and how you can get involved.

Led by Joe Saad, MD, FCAP, Chair of the Federal and State Affairs Committee (FSAC), David Gang, MD, FCAP, FSAC Vice-Chair, and Robert P. DeCresce MD, FCAP, FSAC Member, and moderated by Patrick Godbey, MD, FCAP, Chair of CAP Council on Government and Professional Affairs, CAP attendees will learn about network adequacy and balance billing issues facing pathologists and the financial impact on pathology practices.

Register today.

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