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The CAP issued a statement after the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed a lower court decision and remanded the case American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) v. Azar that challenges the administration of the clinical laboratory service reforms under the PAMA. The CAP filed an amicus brief in support of ACLA’s lawsuit and appeal to correct the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’) execution of reforms to Medicare’s clinical laboratory fee schedule.
The CAP appreciates the progress achieved during the legislative markup of the No Surprise Act by the House Energy and Commerce Committee to protect patients from surprise medical bills. The inclusion of an independent dispute resolution process is a necessary step to stop insurers from controlling patient access to medical services, but the CAP opposes the $1,250 qualifying threshold trigger and advocates for it to be removed from the bill.
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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