To strengthen the profession of pathology nationwide, we partner with state pathology societies to bolster advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels on issues including:
- Insurance network adequacy
- Billing for pathology services
- Protecting scope of practice
- Medicare, Medicaid, and private sector payment
- Laboratory benefit management programs
For more information on advocacy support available through the CAP, please contact Barry Ziman in our Washington, DC office.
2020 State Pathology Society Actions
Register for, or watch recordings of, recent state pathology society events to stay updated on actions your colleagues are taking across the country.
- Challenging Cases in Surgical Pathology and Hematopathology: Case-Based Discussions with the Georgia Association of Pathology (August 22).
- Navigating the Digital Pathology Landscape: Regulations and Guidelines in the COVID-19 era with the Washington State Society of Pathologists (June 19).
- COVID-19 testing (Viral PCR and Antibody IgG) with the Washington State Society of Pathologists (May 1).
- Virtual CAP Advocacy Update for the Colorado Society of Clinical Pathologists (April 22).
- COVID-19 interview with Dr. Karen Kaul and Dr. Kalisha Hill for the Illinois Society of Pathologists (April 15).
Strengthening Pathology Initiatives
When working with elected officials, the number of members in an organization helps determine its influence. The CAP strongly encourages all its members to join their state pathology society to build an active grassroots network at the state level to complement PathNET's federal efforts.
We consult with state societies regularly basis on joint advocacy initiatives and influencing state laws, regulations, and administrative rules. This involves joint funding and management of the advocacy initiative. State societies determine whether they wish to pursue legislative initiatives within their respective states.
For information about joining your state's society, use our directory to contact your state society about membership.
Partnering with State Pathology Societies
Meeting Support for State Pathology Societies
Partner with the CAP to successfully execute your next state society meeting. The CAP has multiple levels of support for your society as you plan your next meeting, including:
- Meeting promotion: Your meeting dates can be included in the CAP’s events calendar.
- Guest speakers: CAP leadership is available to speak at your meeting on Advocacy, Laboratory Improvement, and Quality.
- Use of the CAP’s virtual meeting platform: This is available to state pathology societies for a maximum of three times each year at no charge. CAP staff will run the platform for your virtual meeting. Use this form to get started.
- Joint Providership: As an accredited (with commendation) ACCME provider, we are proud to offer Joint Providership at a discounted rate to state pathology societies. If your state society offers educational activities complementary to CAP’s mission statement, we are happy to consider your educational program(s) for our Joint Providership program. Learn more about Joint Providership.
Affiliate Agreements to help build membership
Our affiliate agreement is an excellent opportunity to build your state pathology society membership. By signing the agreement, you share your current membership list with the CAP. In return, we provide a member list with a preferred address in your state served by the state pathology society.
Our member list may be used for state pathology society business such as:
- Notification of society meetings and offerings
- Calls to action
- Invitations to join or renew membership
Currently, 29 state societies have signed affiliate agreements with CAP to help in their membership efforts.
Working Together for Success
“After almost a decade of advocacy effort, the CAP— working with our state pathology society and numerous other stakeholders—secured New York State recognition of the CAP proficiency testing program. This is a huge regulatory relief for our multihospital laboratory system, which will no longer be required to take the state program as well. Advocacy efforts can take years to bring about change, but this accomplishment eliminated a duplicative requirement, saving us time and resources that can be better used in other quality efforts.”- James M Crawford, MD, PhD, FCAP Professor and Chair, Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine Executive Director and Senior Vice President, Laboratory Services North Shore- LIJ Health System
“CAP and the Tennessee Society of Pathologists closed the laboratory anti-kickback loophole that afforded an unfair and unethical competitive advantage to out-of-state labs. Within a year of my email and call to CAP the legislation was passed, even though it was opposed by some who wanted to continue the unfair practice. Closing this loophole helps protect Tennessee labs and Tennessee patients.”- Ben W. Davis, MD, FCAP Chairman, President, & CEO PathGroup
State News—We All Win When We Work Together
- With Georgia Pathologists and CAP, State Legislature Passes Out-of-Network Legislation
- Tennessee Suspends Lab Inspections, Allows for Remote Work
- Ohio Pathologists, CAP Oppose Out-Of-Network Legislation
- CT Governor Rescinds Order that Would Have Lowered Pay to Physicians
- Virginia’s Governor Signs Historic Surprise Billing Legislation Championed by VSP, CAP
For questions about state societies?