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Previous Advocacy Updates

  • June 9, 2020

    The Department of Health and Human Services released guidance on June 4 detailing the additional data for COVID-19 tests that laboratories must report to the federal government.

  • June 2, 2020

    The CAP applauded that the House passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, as it provides flexibility to use funds beyond an initial eight-week timeframe.

  • May 19, 2020

    The CAP has engaged with lawmakers to support certain provisions in the bill, but also called for additional changes to address specific issues concerning pathologists.

  • May 12, 2020

    The CAP surveyed directors of accredited laboratories nationwide regarding the rate of COVID-19 testing, critical barriers to expanding testing, and the impact on pathologists.

  • May 5, 2020

    Under new the FDA policy, commercial manufacturers will submit emergency use authorization requests for COVID-19 serology tests. The FDA released this policy following concerns regarding serology tests.

  • April 28, 2020

    The White House published a “National Testing Blueprint” on April 27 in response to growing criticism regarding availability of testing. The CAP remains engaged with the Trump Administration and Congress regarding its response to the COVID 19 pandemic, including testing, and will be reviewing certain elements of the blueprint.

  • April 22, 2020

    Responding to the CAP’s urgency, congressional leaders agreed to a $484 billion spending package to replenish loans program and cover expenses to expand capacity for COVID-19 tests.

  • April 21, 2020

    The CAP and dozens of other physician groups asked Congress to strengthen the long-term financial stability of physician practices by stopping scheduled Medicare cuts in 2021.

  • April 14, 2020

    The CAP pushes Congress to provide further financial and economic assistance to pathology practices as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn.

  • April 7, 2020

    Pathology practices should apply early for new small business assistance loans for the Paycheck Protection Program federal assistance.

  • April 3, 2020

    On April 3, federal assistance programs, such as the Paycheck Protection Program, began offering loans to small businesses. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created more than $350 billion in emergency aid for small businesses during the COVID-19 national emergency and economic downturn.

  • March 31, 2020

    Through a strategic advocacy campaign deploying the necessary resources only the CAP can provide, the CAP persuaded the federal government to issue a waiver that allows pathologists to work remotely during this national emergency.

  • March 27, 2020

    The CAP asked to clarify insurance coverage for COVID-19 tests, suspend 2021 Medicare cuts to clinical laboratory services, and provide funds for critical relief to hospitals preparing for the surge of patients in the $2 trillion economic stimulus bill.

  • March 26, 2020

    The CMS granted the CAP’s request for a temporary waiver giving pathologists the flexibility needed to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • March 23, 2020

    The CAP urged the CMS and engaged with Congress to allow pathologists and laboratory personnel to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • March 17, 2020

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) informed the CAP that it will suspend mandatory CLIA inspections for laboratories for a period of three weeks.

  • March 10, 2020

    The CDC strongly encouraged clinical laboratories that are developing and implementing their own COVID-19 tests to contact their state public health department first.

  • March 3, 2020

    The FDA issued guidance to expand testing capacity by facilitating the development of molecular SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic assays (coronavirus).

  • February 25, 2020

    Join state pathology leaders from across the country at the Pathologist Leadership Summit, May 2-5, 2020 on this page.

  • February 18, 2020

    The House Ways & Means Committee overwhelmingly voted to support the CAP-backed Consumer Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills Act of 2020 to resolve billing disputes between insurers and physicians.

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