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  Policy Roundtable Committee (PRTC)

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Posted November 14, 2012

Reports to: Transformation Program Office Steering Committee

Goal: The goal of the PRTC is to elevate CAP’s role in influencing the development of policies that will shape the future of pathology and to increase the visibility of CAP in the public policy arena.

Charge: The PRTC has been charged by the CAP Board of Governors to develop and implement an agenda for public policy research and public policy positions that support the practice of pathology. The PRTC conducts policy research that supports CAP’s mission and fills gap in its policy portfolio. In addition, the PRTC works with many other individuals, groups, and organizations outside of CAP to advance its goals. Finally, the PRTC prepares white papers and publications as it identifies and develops relevant policy issues.

Time Commitment Time Commitment

Number of face-to-face meetings: Up to 3 per year
Length of each meeting: 1 day
Typical meeting pattern: Monday or Friday

Location of meetings: Two meetings per year in Washington, DC; third meeting TBD

Number of conference calls: 4–8 per year. Workgroups will have additional calls.

Hours of committee work required outside of meetings:
Member: 3 + hours per month of outside work required (on average)
Chair: 5 + hours per month, plus some additional travel to Washington or conferences and other CAP meetings.

Additional travel or time commitments: Members should participate in CAP’s annual Policy Meeting and CAP’s Annual Meeting.

Work Groups of the Committee

  • Demonstrating the value of pathologists in ACOs/coordinated care systems
  • The pathologist’s role in Genomic Medicine
  • Pathology workforce issues—supply and training
  • Other work groups will be developed as needed

Activities of Committee Activities of Committee

  • Provide timely, well-researched, and consensus-based policy analysis
    • Identify gaps where policy is needed to support Transformation and/or address changes in the health care system that affect pathology and pathologists’ ability to provide benefit to patients
    • Convene meetings of pathologists and other stakeholders to identify issues and research gaps
    • Bring results and policy recommendations to CAP, to stakeholders, and to broader policy audiences
  • Increase visibility of pathology in the health policy community
    • Publish articles in health policy journals that highlight specific ways that pathology and CAP enhance quality of care and improve efficiency of health care
    • Work to get pathologists and pathology issues on DC-area health policy panels
    • Build the policy foundation that supports the Transformation
    • Draft recommendations for new policy language and supporting background
  • Build the policy foundation that supports the Transformation
    • Draft recommendations for new policy language and supporting background
    • Coordinate with CGPA, TPOSC, and other relevant committees/councils on new/revised public policy positions associated with Transformation that do not require substantial research
    • Organize CAP public policy positions and make them more accessible

Expertise or Experience Required Expertise or Experience Required

  • Committee members should possess an interest in promoting the transformation of the practice of pathology and have experience in public policy research and development.

Benefits to membership on this committee Benefits to membership on this committee

  • Opportunity to meet and work with pathologists from a variety of practice settings
  • Opportunity to publish white papers and articles
  • Opportunity to influence the state of public policy research and to help guide CAP’s public policy positions for the practice of pathology
  • Opportunity to speak at education events

Representation on committee beyond the CAP:

None

Committee Structure:

  • The PRTC consists of 8-10 members:
    • A chair who is a member of the CAP appointed by the President of CAP
    • 7-9 CAP members with expertise listed in one or more disciplines listed above
 

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