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Previous Advocacy Updates

  • September 27, 2022

    CAP leaders met with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss issues pathologists have encountered with the emergency use authorization (EUA) process during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as it relates to some laboratories reporting delays in obtaining EUAs for SARS-CoV-2 laboratory-developed tests (LDTs).

  • September 20, 2022

    On September 13, House Reps. Ami Bera, MD (D-CA), and Larry Bucshon, MD, (R-IN) introduced bipartisan legislation that would alleviate Medicare cuts for all physicians. The Supporting Medicare Providers Act of 2022 (HR 8800) aims to lessen the upcoming Medicare reimbursement cuts in 2023 and provides guidance to improve the Medicare Payment system for physicians. The CAP has urged that Congress take action to mitigate Medicare reimbursement cuts, while preserving critical physician services for Medicare patients.

  • September 13, 2022

    On September 7, the Food and Drug Administration declared a public emergency requiring clinical laboratory tests for monkeypox to obtain emergency use authorization (EUA) before offering the test clinically.

  • August 30, 2022

    To maintain the highest standards in diagnostic medicine, the CAP opposed several changes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) staffing qualifications recommendations in a proposed 2023 CLIA regulation.

  • August 23, 2022

    The Biden administration released the final surprise billing regulation, which follows a court decision that struck down an earlier policy related to the independent dispute resolution process.

  • August 16, 2022

    During an open call with laboratories on August 15, officials with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) for monkeypox disease are under enforcement discretion and can be developed without notifying the FDA. The CAP attended the Laboratory Outreach Communication System call managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • August 9, 2022

    On August 4, the Biden administration declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency, allowing for increased flexibility to dedicate the necessary resources to stop the virus’ spread.

  • August 2, 2022

    The CAP and dozens of other medical associations are calling on Congress to take immediate action to mitigate Medicare payment cuts scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2023.

  • July 26, 2022

    In a letter to Congress on July 20th, the CAP and nearly 50 organizations representing physicians, patient advocates, and health care industry have asked Congress to include the Verifying Accurate Leading-edge IVCT Development (VALID) Act’s in the FDA user fee reauthorization bill as key lawmakers negotiate a final version of the legislation.

  • July 19, 2022

    The CAP demanded that Congress take action to stop health insurance companies from devaluing pathology services.

  • July 12, 2022

    On July 7, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule signaling an advocacy win for the payment of pathology technical component services.

  • July 7, 2022

    Special Issue: On July 7, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued the proposed 2023 Medicare payment regulations, including the proposed 2023 Medicare Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program regulations.

  • June 28, 2022

    The CAP signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide assistance and expertise with diagnostic surge testing during public health emergencies.

  • June 21, 2022

    The CAP signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide assistance and expertise with diagnostic surge testing during public health emergencies.

  • June 15, 2022

    The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on June 14 approved a package of bills to reauthorize existing Food & Drug Administration (FDA) user fees and included new legislation (the VALID Act) which would authorize the FDA to regulate in vitro diagnostics (IVDs) including laboratory developed tests.

  • June 7, 2022

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released specimen collection guidelines and PCR test procedures for monkeypox virus on May 31.

  • May 31, 2022

    On May 17, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) released the latest version of the Verifying Accurate Leading-edge IVCT Development (VALID) Act as part of the next user fee authorization bill for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The latest version of VALID Act represented a positive step in the right direction on the oversight of laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) and captured several of the CAP’s long-held policy positions.

  • May 17, 2022

    The CAP, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and almost 90 other medical and health care professional organizations asked Congress to diversify medical clinical trials by including diversity as part of 2022 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prescription drug user fee reauthorization legislation.

  • May 10, 2022

    A record-breaking number of CAP members advocated to protect the value of pathology services while meeting with their federal legislators on May 3 during the CAP’s Hill Day. Hundreds of CAP members discussed how Congress can mitigate Medicare cuts, prepare for medical workforce shortages, and ensure funding for future pandemic preparedness.

  • May 3, 2022

    CAP members discussed strategies for how they will engage their members of Congress at the Pathologists Leadership Summit on May 2.

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