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Previous Advocacy Updates

  • November 1, 2019

    The CAP will fight the sharp Medicare cuts to Pathologists finalized in 2020 Fee Schedule, while it did succeed in protecting pathology reporting measures.

  • October 29, 2019

    CAP members met with congressional offices and urged them to back a fair payment formula and arbitration process when physicians’ services are unexpectedly provided out of network to patients.

  • October 22, 2019

    The CAP, along with other physician specialties, applauded Reps. Raul Ruiz, MD (D-CA) and Phil Roe, MD (R-TN) for gaining 100 cosponsors for their bipartisan surprise medical bill legislation.

  • October 15, 2019

    The CAP is urging its membership to directly contact government officials with their concerns for removing the requirement of an autopsy program as a condition for hospital participation in Medicare.

  • October 8, 2019

    The CAP monitors latest house committee solution for surprise medical bills. In a recent letter to committee members, the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) proposed a different approach to end surprise medical bills through the regulatory rulemaking process.

  • October 1, 2019

    The CAP strongly opposed the CMS decision to remove the autopsy standards for hospitals. With this regulation change, hospitals are no longer required to have autopsy programs to qualify for Medicare reimbursement.

  • September 24, 2019

    The CAP firmly stated concerns about proposals from the CMS to develop new bundled payments and emphasized its concerns around the Stark law.

  • 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.

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