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How to Report New Pathology PQRS Measures for 2015

Several changes to the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) are in effect as of January 2015. These new changes are important to pathologists as the Medicare program will base future payment penalties on how well physicians and groups perform in the 2015 PQRS.

CAP members can learn how to report new PQRS measures and meet reporting requirements during the webinar. CAP experts will explain how pathologists can successfully participate in PQRS in 2015.


Emily Volk, MD, FCAP
Jonathan Myles, MD, FCAP

Dec. 2, 2014
12-1 PM CST
1-2 PM EST

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Gene Sets for Cancer NGS Testing: What's Available

Next-generation sequencing (NGS) for cancer is offered by commercial for-profit laboratories, independent laboratory networks, and laboratories in academic medical centers and integrated health networks. Currently, laboratories offering clinical NGS offer varying gene sets, either custom-designed or based on a vendor offering. Some cancer gene sets are organ-specific (e.g., so-called lung cancer panels), while others include genes significant in different cancers (so-called pan-cancer panels). The variability among the tests has created a complex, confusing environment.

In this webinar, the speakers will discuss commonalities and differences between NGS tests available for cancer testing today.

This presentation will also discuss the Cancer Genomics Resource List, developed in 2014 to assist the pathology and clinical oncology communities. This list is a compilation of over 500 genes included in current NGS-based cancer tests. Many of these genes were annotated with their applicability to diagnosis, prognosis or therapeutic action based on published knowledge, including public databases and the medical literature. The Cancer Genomics Resource List can provide pathologists with a starting point for the development or selection of NGS cancer panels.

Objectives of this presentation:
 • Describe the genes included in NGS cancer tests today.
 • Compare and contrast the NGS cancer tests in current clinical use.
 • Describe the format and content of the Cancer Genomics Resource List 2014.


Presenters: Mary M. Zutter, MD, FCAP, and Ian S. Hagemann, MD, PhD, FCAP

Dec. 4, 2014
10:30-11:30 AM CT

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Breast Predictive Factors: Resolving Test Interpretation Challenges

This interactive case-based webinar worth 1.5 CME, will answer your common questions and challenges related to HER2 and ER/PgR testing. Two of the ASCO/CAP Guideline authors will facilitate a tumor board-like experience where participants weigh-in on real patient cases. This is a unique opportunity to come together and learn from the experts and other pathologists doing breast predictive factors testing.

As a result of participating in this education activity, you will be able to:
 1. Accurately interpret HER2 tests as positive, negative or equivocal
     according to the ASCO/CAP HER2 Guideline criteria.
 2. Evaluate and integrate HER2 test results with clinical and morphologic
     findings.
 3. Determine appropriate next steps when a HER2 test result is discordant
     with the patient's profile or other HER2 tests.
     compliance with regulatory requirements.
 4. Apply the ASCO/CAP Guideline criteria for reporting HER2 test results.
 5. Provide appropriate resolution and clarification in reports when HER2
     results are equivocal, indeterminate, or complex (eg, intratumoral
     heterogeneity or chromosome 17 aneusomy).


Dr. M. Elizabeth Hammond, MD, FCAP
Dr. David Hicks, MD, FCAP

Dec. 4, 2014
12:30-1:30 PM CT

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Security of Patient Data:
Handling Protected Health Information in the Lab

Not being aware of your responsibilities as a pathologist using protected electronic health information can lead to the inadvertent disclosure of that information. Further, if your institution's systems and policies are not compliant with federal legislation and regulations, then it may be as risk for penalties. This interactive, CME webinar will address security and privacy requirements for managing patient data, as well as important compliance considerations.

Objectives:
 • Identify federal legislation relevant to patient data storage,
    access control, and transmission.
 • Discuss options for secure storage and transport of information.
 • Describe laboratory policies for personnel to use data and maintain
    compliance with regulatory requirements.


Dr. Myra Wilkerson, MD, FCAP

Dec. 10, 2014
12 PM-1 PM CT

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Practical Genomics for the Practicing Pathologist Webinar Series-Cancer Genomics: Pathologists Adding Value as a Molecular Consultant

The pathologist has an important and burgeoning role in helping to order the right genomic test that will inform diagnostic, prognostic, and/or therapeutic decision-making. This interactive, CME webinar will address genomic test selection and interpretation, as well as how to educate and guide others as a molecular consultant. In addition, the webinar will prepare you to contribute and apply cancer genomic information in new ways to add value to the healthcare system.

Objectives:

 1. Identify criteria for selecting high-value molecular tests.
 2. Guide appropriate molecular test utilization.
 3. Interpret the diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic significance of
    genomic test results.
 4. Identify opportunities to educate healthcare providers on the
    significance and value of genomic testing.

Dr. Pranil Chandra, DO, FCAP

Dec. 11, 2014
12-1 PM CT

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Integrated Disease Reporting: Order from (almost) Chaos

As the complexity of the data used to manage patients with chronic diseases such as cancer has grown, the task of the clinician has become increasingly difficult and time consuming. At worst, patient safety can be compromised or delivery of care delayed due to the difficulty in retrieving all of the necessary data elements needed for treatment. The need to retrieve test results from different departmental information systems such as the laboratory information system (LIS), the radiology picture archiving and communication system (PACS), different areas of the electronic medical record (EMR), and from systems external to the treating facility or hospital system, contribute to this situation. We outline a framework that takes advantages of the capabilities of electronic reporting to create an Integrated Disease Report (IDR) - a single, succinct, integrated, interpretive report comprising all data pertinent to the disease: pathology results, laboratory data, imaging correlations, risk profiles, and therapeutic implications. This is a free, non-CME webinar.

Monica E. de Baca, MD, FCAP
Director of Hematopathology, Hematologics Inc.
CAP Diagnostic Intelligence and Health IT (DIHIT) Committee member
Co-chair for the DIHIT Integrated Reporting Workgroup

George Birdsong, MD, FCAP
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine/Grady Health System, Atlanta, GA
CAP Diagnostic Intelligence and Health IT (DIHIT) Committee member
Co-chair for the DIHIT Integrated Reporting Workgroup

Dec. 16, 2014
1-2 PM CT

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Pathology Practice Metrics – Measuring What Matters

Monitoring key metrics informs a practice leader where their practice is performing well and where resources may be needed to improve the practice. This webinar reviews high-level metrics for monitoring a practice and examples of how to drill down to solve an identified improvement area. Stop flying blind and see what metrics others have found useful in demonstrating their value while improving patient care as well as their bottom line.

Dec. 16, 2014
1:30-2:30 PM CT

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