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GAO Reports Physicians Who Self-Refer Anatomic Pathology Cost Medicare Millions
CAP Calls on Congress to Act Immediately
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2014 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Links Pathology Services to Hospital Outpatient Rates
July 9—The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) advanced its efforts to reduce Medicare spending on physician pay by adjusting payment for codes it describes as mis-valued in the proposed rule for the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

The proposed rule contains payment and programmatic changes that will impact pathologists and laboratories as well as other specialties, with new values proposed for over 200 services covering all specialties. Chief among the changes for pathologists is CMS' proposal to link payment for pathology services to the rates paid under Medicare's hospital outpatient prospective payment system.

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  • CAPConnect: An online pathologist social network for knowledge sharing and learning.
  • peer2peer: A forum for pathology colleagues to confer with each other for assuring practice success.
  • Promising Practice Pathways: Four practice pathways to help develop a vision for your particular practice in the coordinated care environment.



To offer educational opportunities for pathologist to improve their abilities as practitioners by providing high-quality CME activities with expert faculty that address the newest diagnostic information and facilitate the practical application of this information to continuously enhance patient care outcome.

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On February 27, 2014, WSSP received this email from Dr. Nakhleh of the Mayo Clinic in Florida. He is running for Governor of CAP and included a link with more information.

Dr. Ewaskow,
My name is Raouf Nakhleh and I am a pathologist running for Governor of CAP this year. As president of the Washington State Society of Pathologists, I wanted to let you know about my website. I put it together to let pathologists learn more about me and make an informed decision in this election. The link is below. Please feel free to share this link with other members of the Society or anyone else who may be interested in the election. Thank you very much and I look forward to meeting you!


Raouf E. Nakhleh, MD
Professor of Pathology
Mayo Clinic Florida