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  • March 23, 2021

    The House passed legislation to prevent a 2% cut from hitting physician Medicare payments beginning April 1. The CAP supported the bipartisan bill that passed with a 246-175 vote on March 19. The bill, HR 1868, will now go to the Senate for consideration. The CAP will urge senators to approve the bill.

  • March 16, 2021

    The CAP supports bipartisan efforts in the House and Senate to stop Medicare Sequester cuts that will take effect April 1. The CAP sent a letter to congressional leaders urging Congress to prevent additional financial burdens on pathologists during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

  • March 9, 2021

    The latest congressional COVID-19 relief package advanced with the Senate voting 50-49 on March 6 after several hours of debate and amendments. Since the legislation changed from what had been previously approved by the House, the bill will be taken up again in the House where it is expected to pass over the next few days. The CAP had advocated for several health care provisions related to pathology and ensuring access to testing for patients

  • March 2, 2021

    On February 27, the House approved the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan legislative package, which includes increased vaccine distribution and provisions to support COVID-19 testing.

  • February 23, 2021

    As the House works on its version of a legislative package to address the COVID-19 pandemic, the CAP urged Senate leaders to support testing services and laboratory frontline providers as they craft their own pandemic relief bill.

  • February 17, 2021

    The CAP urged a key health care committee in the House to increase testing resources and expand laboratory capacity for COVID-19 tests in its next pandemic relief package.

  • February 9, 2021

    The House and Senate agreed to a budget plan on February 5 that is needed to enact a proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 response and relief package.

  • February 2, 2021

    The CAP outlined its priorities to fight the COVID-19 pandemic following the release of the White House’s National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness.

  • January 26, 2021

    On January 21, President Joe Biden signed several executive orders to create a Pandemic Testing Board and address other issues concerning COVID-19 testing.

  • January 20, 2021

    During a meeting with officials from the CMS, the CAP called on the agency to cease implementing of its policy on COVID-19 test result turnaround time that became effective on January 1.

  • January 12, 2021

    The CAP condemned the violence that took place in Washington, DC, as a mob rioted the US Capitol.

  • December 29, 2020

    In year-end legislation that mitigated future Medicare payment cuts to pathologists, which passed by the House and Senate on December 21, the Congress provided additional monies for public health, physician and other health care provider support, and financial and economic relief. President Donald Trump signed the bill into law on December 27.

  • December 22, 2020

    Following a sustained lobbying campaign against Medicare payment cuts to pathologists in 2021 by the CAP, Congress will mitigate the cut by adding $3 billion to next year’s Medicare fee schedule and delaying implementation of a new evaluation and management add-on code for three years.

  • December 15, 2020

    With Congress maneuvering to complete its year-end business before the holidays, the CAP lobbied congressional lawmakers and staff to stop -9% Medicare cuts to pathologists in 2021.

  • December 8, 2020

    President-elect Joe Biden furthered solidified his team to fight the national COVID-19 pandemic by nominating California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. The President-elect also nominated leading infectious-disease specialist Rochelle Walensky, MD, to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • December 1, 2020

    The CAP will continue to fight the sharp Medicare cuts to Pathologists finalized in 2021 Fee Schedule, and appreciates that the CMS did succeed in protecting pathology reporting measures.

  • November 24, 2020

    The American Medical Association House of Delegates directed the AMA to advocate for enhanced payments to recognize work performed by physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic at the November 2020 Special Meeting.

  • November 17, 2020

    President-elect Joe Biden named his COVID-19 advisory board, comprised of public health experts and scientists, that will develop actions to fight and mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • November 10, 2020

    President Donald Trump’s Administration and the presidential transition team for former Vice President Joe Biden separately took actions aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 on November 9.

  • November 3, 2020

    After discussions with the CAP over concerns of overburdening laboratories during the current pandemic, UnitedHealthcare announced it will delay implementation of its test registry program until April 2021. On October 30, UnitedHealthcare said it pushed back the deadline of its laboratory test registry to ensure compliance with new requirements.

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