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The CAP supports congressional action to protect patients from receiving surprise out-of-network bills, which often lead to financial and emotional stress. The CAP calls on Congress to pass commonsense legislation to address the issue of surprise bills that protects patients from financial risk of out-of-network bills, ensures the financial viability of the health care delivery system, and preserves patient access to physician specialists. The CAP looks forward to supporting legislation that includes these core provisions.
The CAP commended officials in the state of Washington for enacting law to protect patients from surprise out-of-network medical bills by banning balance billing for certain out-of-network services and requiring health insurance plans to maintain adequate networks of physicians at in-network hospitals and facilities. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed the bill into law on May 21. State law now requires regulators to determine whether the insurance carrier’s provider network has a sufficient number of contracted physicians, including emergency, surgical, and other specialty physicians such as pathologists.
The College of American Pathologists (CAP) Laboratory Accreditation Program is about accuracy, safety, quality, reproducibility, and a dozen other things. But at heart, it is about building a healthy culture in the laboratory, one that fosters excellence, collaboration, and continuous quality improvement, which ultimately benefits patients. This is the story of one laboratory’s educational journey, the challenges it presented, and the benefits that accrued.
About the CAP
As the world's largest organization of board-certified pathologists and leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. For more information, read the CAP Annual Report at cap.org.
A pathologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and classification of diseases by looking at tissue or cells under a microscope and by interpreting medical laboratory tests. Seventy percent of medical decisions are determined based on the diagnosis of the pathologist.
The pathologist also is the doctor who examines specimens removed during surgery for conditions such as cancer, to determine whether a tumor is benign or cancerous, and if cancerous, the exact cell type, grade, and stage of the tumor. In some cases, the pathologist also performs molecular biomarker analysis and reports genetic alterations that may guide targeted therapy for a specific cancer. Learn more at yourpathologist.org.
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