Policy Meeting


You Can Only Make a Difference When Heard

Advocacy is about pathologists speaking with their elected officials to support the important policy issues affecting pathology and patients.

If you don’t think your voice matters, think again. A recent survey by the Congressional Management Foundation showed:

  • 95% of Congress reported that “staying in touch with constituents” is the most important part of their job.*
  • 94% of congressional staff reported that “in-person visits” have a positive influence when deciding their position on an issue.*

* Citizen-Centric Advocacy: The Untapped Power of Constituent Engagement, Congressional Management Foundation.

Protect the Practice of Pathology—Engage and Be Heard at the annual CAP Policy Meeting

Join your fellow CAP members in 2019 to meet with lawmakers and seek their support for vital public policy issues that impact pathology. Registration will soon be open for 2019 Policy Meeting, which will be April 29-May 1, 2019, at the Washington Marriott in Washington, DC.

3 Days to Learn, Collaborate, and Engage

Day 1: Get updated on the key issues impacting pathology —Learn how our policy agenda focuses on the latest developments in Medicare’s Quality Payment Program and how the CAP ensures pathologists can comply with new rules, stop pay penalties, and earn bonuses. Attendees will further understand changes to the regulatory environment, how pathology services are covered by payers and the actions to protect the value of pathology services.

Day 2: Connect with your peers and CAP lobbyists to prepare and practice for your Hill Day meetings. Interactive sessions ensure you are the most effective advocate for addressing the health care changes debated in Washington, DC.

Day 3: Take action and participate in Annual Hill Day—Advocate for your profession and engage with other pathologists and CAP staff meeting face-to-face with members of Congress and their legislative aides.

Featured 2018 Policy Meeting Speakers

Woodruff Judy

Judy Woodruff

Anchor and Managing Editor, PBS NewsHour

Ms. Woodruff is the anchor and Managing Editor of the PBS NewsHour, and has covered politics and other news for more than four decades at CNN, NBC and PBS. For 12 years, Ms. Woodruff served as anchor and senior correspondent for CNN, where her duties included anchoring the weekday program, "Inside Politics."

Cook Charlie

Charlie Cook

Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report and Columnist for the National Journal

When Charlie Cook makes a pronouncement based on his analysis of the political scene in America, people who want to be “in the know” sit up and listen. For more than two decades he has been Washington’s most trusted – and most accurate – voice on all things political, whether it’s the outcome of a Congressional, gubernatorial, or presidential election.

Kristol William

William Kristol

Founder and Editor-at-Large, The Weekly Standard and Political Analyst, ABC News.

William Kristol is the editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard, is a regular on ABC’s This Week and on ABC’s special events and election coverage. Before starting The Weekly Standard in 1995, Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future, where he helped shape the strategy that produced the 1994 Republican congressional victory. Prior to that, Kristol served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during the first Bush Administration, and to Education Secretary William Bennett under President Reagan.

What Members Are Saying

Listen to member CAPcasts about their first hand advocacy experience and what they learned at the Policy Meeting.

Guillermo Martinez-Torres, MD, FCAP"It is my duty and obligation to be prepared for changes occurring whether I am there or not. I would rather be part of the decision-making than complain about the outcome."
– Guillermo Martinez-Torres, MD, FCAP
Jennifer Laudadio, MD, FCAP"We need to understand the issues facing our practices so we can provide the highest quality care for our patients and get adequately reimbursed for the services we provide. The CAP provides the awareness and lets us know where there are potential threats to our specialty."
– Jennifer Laudadio, MD, FCAP

You Can Make a Difference

Make Your Voice Heard

Watch this Webinar: Policy Meeting 101—What to Know Before You Go

Whether you are DC bound or looking to get involved in your district, hear from experienced advocates Donald Karcher, MD, FCAP, Chair of the Committee of Government and Professional Affairs, Joe Saad, MD, FCAP, Federal and State Affairs Committee Chair, and moderator Michael Giuliani, CAP Advocacy Senior Director. Learn about the tools and resources you need to make an impact. Watch the webinar.

Additional Information/Questions

If you have any question regarding the 2019 Policy Meeting, please call (800) 323-4040, or email policymeeting@cap.org