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Previous Advocacy Updates

  • September 17, 2019

    The CAP strongly urged CMS to reconsider and abandon cuts to pathology payments in the proposed 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

  • September 10, 2019

    More than 1,000 pathologists have chosen the Pathologists Quality Registry for the 2019 performance year.

  • September 3, 2019

    Since April, the CAP has urged Anthem to reverse the new policy given the serious negative impacts on pathologists and patients’ access to pathology services.

  • August 29, 2019

    Key CAP leaders urged the Anthem to reverse cuts to pathology services the insurer has rolled out in multiple states. 

  • August 27, 2019

    Since April, the CAP has urged Anthem to reverse the new policy given the serious negative impacts on pathologists and patients’ access to pathology services.

  • August 20, 2019

    Because of the CAP’s advocacy, the CMS will increase reimbursements for CAR T-cell therapies in 2020. 

  • August 13, 2019

    The CAP urged the CMS to provide regulatory relief on several issues that affect pathologists, including prior authorization, rural health care access, evaluation and management services, and timely regulation communication.

  • August 6, 2019

    The CMS released the proposed 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule with some changes to the evaluation and management (E/M) payments. The CMS proposed an increase payment for E/M office visit services for primary care and decrease for all other specialty services and procedures, including pathology services.

  • July 30, 2019

    A US Court of Appeals ruled in the CAP’s favor by reversing a lower court decision and stating that federal courts do have jurisdiction to decide the merits of a challenge to the federal government’s administration of PAMA.

  • July 29, 2019

    The CMS proposed its 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and new rules for next year’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

  • July 23, 2019

    On July 25, CAP members will receive an email directing them to use a form letter to email their representatives and senators to advocate on out-of-network medical bills.

  • July 16, 2019

    The CAP opposed the No Surprises Act because it fails to include an independent dispute resolution process that’s successfully proven to keep patients from receiving surprise medical bills.

  • July 2, 2019

    The CAP supports the Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act legislation, which has earned 40 cosponsors in the House.

  • June 25, 2019

    Citing concerns over a payment formula that creates imbalance and threatens patient access to pathology services, the CAP opposed the out-of-network reimbursement provisions included in the latest Surprise Medical Billing legislation.

  • June 18, 2019

    The CAP urged lawmakers to establish a fair arbitration process while holding patients harmless when physicians services are unexpectedly provided out of network. 

  • June 11, 2019

    The CAP led a delegation of pathologists at the 2019 American Medical Association Annual Meeting to set policy affecting the practice of medicine the weekend of June 8.

  • June 4, 2019

    The CAP will lead a delegation of pathologists at the 2019 AMA annual meeting to set policy that affects the practice of medicine.

  • May 21, 2019

    The CAP commended the Washington state law that will protect patients from surprise out-of-network medical bills.

  • May 14, 2019

    The White House hosts event on Surprise Medical Bills and the CAP continues to advocate to protect patients.

  • May 7, 2019

    CAP members made an impact on health policy by meeting with their federal legislators to advocate for patients and the pathology specialty in Washington, DC.

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