College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on May 10, 2010

Contact: Jodi Greenblatt
Phone: 1-202-354-7102

CAP Leaders Convene with Policymakers on Health Care Reform, Patient-Focused Care and the Future of Pathology

Former CMS Chief Mark B. McClellan and Political Commentator Mark Shields Join a Cadre of Legislators, Regulators, and Media Pundits at CAP Policy Meeting

Washington, D.C.—Pathology leaders from across the country are meeting with federal and state lawmakers and national political analysts this week in Washington, D.C. at the College of American Pathologists’ 2010 Policy Meeting.

CAP is convening this meeting to update attendees about key provisions of health care reform and the potential impact on diagnostic medicine. Pathologists, as physicians and diagnostic experts, are critical members of the patient’s health care team. Patient care is better when pathologists collaborate with other treating physicians because a pathologist’s work is essential to nearly every clinical decision.

Delivering this morning’s opening keynote address will be former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services head Mark B. McClellan, MD, PhD. Dr. McClellan, who is currently the Director, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform and Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies at The Brookings Institution, will focus on how health care change relies on delivering value. This CAP event will also feature expert panels comprised of lawmakers and pathologists, as well as a 2010 election forecast by The Hotline’s Editor-in-Chief Amy Walter. PBS NewsHour’s renowned political commentator Mark Shields will deliver a frontline perspective on developments in Congress and the Obama Administration.

Officials from oversight agencies including HHS, CMS, FDA, and CDC will discuss the myriad of changes impacting the pathology community right now—from regulations regarding quality reporting and the future of CLIA, to personalized medicine and new payment models. Pathologists work closely with these agencies to ensure laboratory quality and safeguard public health.

In addition to federal policymakers, representatives from the National Governors Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and others will provide perspectives on health care reform at the state level. National perspectives will be delivered from both sides of the political aisle, including two members of the Energy and Commerce Committee Health Subcommittee: Ranking Member Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL) and Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA).

The meeting begins today, Monday, May 10, and concludes the morning of Wednesday, May 12. It will be held at the Marriott Metro Center on 775 12th St., NW, in Washington, DC.

CAP’s Manager, Advocacy Communications, Julie McDowell will be Tweeting news from the meeting @CAPDCAdvocacy.

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board certified pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care. .