This is just a note to you, the members of the Michigan Society of Pathologists that the committee on Reimbursement and Provider Relations is active and needs your help.
On the Federal stage, the aspect of In-Office Ancillary Services (self referral) was put in the forefront of discussions with the GAO report that came out this summer. Whichever position you hold regarding this issue, it is vitally important to let your Congressman and Senator (or their healthcare aides) know where you stand. Healthcare costs and concerns are currently being discussed in Washington and it is very important for you to let your elected officials know what pathologists are concerned about and how much we are involved in the overall healthcare of their constituents.
Secondly, the proposed CMS cuts for 2014 in both anatomic and clinical pathology are again significant. Let these same elected officials know your concerns about being able to provide these services to their Medicare constituents at these severely depressed reimbursement levels. Many labs will not be able to provide some of these services because they will be below the level of their cost.
For assistance with talking points on these issues, I refer you to the CAP website (www.cap,org) or the ASCP website (www.ascp.org) under advocacy. You may even be able to construct your letter on the site and send it off as they also have the means of identifying your elected official and the address to send it off to.
The Michigan issues of concern lately are the recent cuts in reimbursement from Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM). The committee, with the assistance of MSMS, has been able to establish an initial meeting with BCBSM to discuss the rationale for cutting the technical component of 88305, opportunities for pathologists to participate in a pay for performance program that has been offered to many other medical specialties, and to establish Michigan Society of Pathologists as a reference resource for future issues concerning all of laboratory testing.
The committee is looking for volunteers interested in being active participants in these and future issues affecting us in our practice of pathology. If you are interested, please forward your contact information to Linda Wright at the MSP office.
Dear MSP Members,
Recently, the Senate Committee on Reforms, Restructuring & Reinventing recently passed SB 2, introduced by Committee Chair Sen. Mark Jansen (R-Grand Rapids). This bill aims to change the Public Health Code to allow APRNs to perform certain medical/surgical procedures and interpretation of laboratory tests, as well as prescribing duties, without any physician supervision or oversight.
Legislators need to know that the best person to lead the health care team is the person with the most extensive education and training who can ensure the highest quality of care and safety for patients—the physician. It’s time to tell them that scope of practice expansions should come through education and training and NOT through legislative means (“Educate, Don’t Legislate”). The bill moved to the Senate floor, and unless senators hear from more physicians—and other friends of medicine—there’s a good chance they will pass it. Urge your colleagues, spouses, office managers, and others to contact senators, too!
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
MSP continues to gain momentum after the recent spring meeting which was a great success. I am thankful to our speakers, particularly our guest speaker Dr. Foucar for making the event a huge success with record attendance.
Through our biannual meeting and the participation of our members in different pathology organizations, we have extensive informal and formal lines of communication that could be further enhanced.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Dr. Raja Rabah on the executive board and Dr. Vaishali Pansare as chair of the Ambassador Committee. I have no doubt that their knowledge and expertise will prove extremely beneficial for the society. I am very much looking forward to seeing all of you at our winter meeting in Plymouth, Michigan. Breast and genitourinary pathology will be a major theme. We are putting together an exciting agenda with excellent speakers on board.
In order to expand our members and reach out to the pathologists in training we have made the MSP membership free for all residents in the state. Please see the website for an update of the current activities and educational material posted from past meetings.
It is a privilege to participate in this organization and I am grateful to the many Chairs and Section Members who generously share their time and expertise to betterment of the broader academic pathology community.
Rouba Ali-Fehmi, MD