CEO SUMMARY: One association representing pathologists says new payment rates that Anthem, Inc., is introducing in 14 states do not cover the costs of performing anatomic pathology and clinical lab testing for the tests in question. Another association says the steep payment cuts threaten the viability of small and rural pathology groups. State-by-state, Anthem is
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ASCP stands for American Society of Clinical Pathologists. It is a professional association based in Chicago, Illinois encompassing 130,000 pathologists and laboratory professionals.
Founded in 1922, the ASCP provides programs in education, certification and advocacy on behalf of patients, pathologists and lab professionals. In addition, the ASCP publishes numerous textbooks, newsletters and other manuals, and publishes two industry journals: American Journal of Clinical Pathology, the leading clinically oriented peer-reviewed pathology and laboratory medicine research journal, and Labmedicine, a monthly periodical dedicated to providing the entire laboratory community with continuing education, career development and information about emerging technologies. ASCP also publishes Critical Values, a quarterly news magazine.
ASCP provides pathologists, medical affiliates, medical students and laboratory professionals with educational resources and professional development tools including continuing medical education, ASCP certification, networking opportunities, and representation in Washington about issues related to pathology professionals such as increasing laboratory standards, improving healthcare and reaching patients in need.
The ASCP Board of Certification (BOC), with accreditation from the American National Standards Institute, is the oldest and largest certification agency for pathologists and laboratory professionals. The BOC has certified more than 450,000 people since it was founded in 1928 and represents the gold standard for certification of pathologists’ assistants and laboratory professionals.
ASCP supports ongoing learning needs while also helping professionals meet institutional, licensure and MOC or CMP requirements. ASCP is accredited with Commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (CME) to provide CME for physicians and continuing medical laboratory education (CMLE) for lab professionals.
Educational programs include online self-studies and assessments, live teleconferences and webcasts and workshops and conferences.
ASCP also offers a variety of activities and tools designed to help pathologists meet Part II and Part IV Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements from the American Board of Pathology, and help laboratory professionals meet Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) requirements. In addition to providing tools to obtain CE credits, ASCP’s new online member portal, is available to help professionals navigate the MOC or CMP process.
CEO SUMMARY: No bigger threat looms over the financial security of the nation’s clinical laboratories than healthcare’s transition from fee-for-service payment to value-based reimbursement. To navigate that transition successfully, medical labs and pathology groups will need to adopt the Clinical Lab 2.0 model. Member labs of Project Santa Fe are themselves working to develop and
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CEO SUMMARY: As health networks and hospitals consider outsourcing their lab outreach programs, the lab team at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (D-H) offers lessons about the value of retaining outreach. D-H is now in the eighth year of a sustained expansion of its laboratory outreach business. It has combined its lab outreach strategy with a proven
CEO SUMMARY: Despite the challenges hospital and health system laboratory outreach programs face today, there are many ways they can remain viable, according to an outreach expert from Mayo Medical Laboratories. By taking specific steps to increase volume and the value they provide, lab outreach programs can keep their costs down while bringing in more
FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, and particularly since Congress passed the Patient Access to Medicare Act in 2014, clinical labs have focused on controlling costs, as they should. After all, PAMA calls for steep cuts in what the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will pay clinical labs beginning Jan. 1, 2018. (See TDRs,
CEO SUMMARY: Moving away from volume-based care will not be easy for clinical labs. After all, high volume sustains labs. But labs seeking to transition away from fee-for-service to value-based care must have a seat at the table where decisions are made, said a lab CEO who is part of Project Santa Fe, which wants
CEO SUMMARY: One essential element of precision medicine will be the regular use of pharmacogenomic testing to provide additional guidance to physicians when selecting the most appropriate therapeutics and optimal dose for each individual patient. Despite the reluctance of private payers and Medicare to reimburse for pharmacogenomic tests, Avera Institute for Human Genetics (AIHG) in
TO MAKE THE TRANSITION FROM VOLUME TO VALUE, pathologists and clinical laboratory scientists are beginning to leave the four walls of their labs to engage clinicians in ways that add value to the lab tests performed on their patients.
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CEO SUMMARY: It’s now official. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is the first children’s hospital to earn accreditation to ISO 15189 under the College of American Pathologists. What is more interesting, however, is how lab leadership used the quality management system of ISO 15189 to help lab staff to raise the quality of lab services.