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INDIANA ASSOCIATION OF PATHOLOGISTS


  • 04 Feb 2020 7:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    With great sadness, we inform you that Dr. David Grignon has passed away after a brief period of illness with metastatic pancreatic carcinoma. Dr. Grignon was a professor and vice chairman of Department of pathology, Indiana University. He was a great teacher as well as a renowned GU pathologist, as evidenced by his extensive publications in the field, his endless lecture tours around the globe and his extensive consultation services. In 2017, Dr. Grignon presented at the 69th IAP Spring Slide Seminar. His contributions to GU pathology were immense and he will be deeply missed.

    Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts during this difficult time. 

    In honor of Dr. Grignon, the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will establish a lectureship. Contributions may be made to IU Foundation in his name.


  • 18 Sep 2019 10:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CAP encourages pathologists impacted by Anthem’s payment reductions to review their contracts and to communicate any concerns directly with their respective Anthem regional network manager.

    Links to more information from CAP are located on the Anthem reimbursement issues page. You must be logged in as a member to access the page.

  • 12 Sep 2019 8:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Indiana PAMA Fact Sheet*

    Millions of Indiana seniors depend on timely access to critical laboratory testing and diagnostic services for their health.

    • Laboratories play an integral role in diagnosing common and complex diseases, including diabetes and cancers and are vital to early intervention and preventative care for patients across the country.
    • Indiana alone has more than 100 hospital laboratories and over 1,500 independent and physician office laboratories—an expansive network that helps ensure Indiana’s seniors have access to the tests they need.
    • All of these labs, including independent labs, hospital outreach labs, physician offices, ambulatory surgery centers, ESRD, specialty or nursing homes labs, make it possible for providers to identify and treat the most complex conditions Indianans face.

    Indiana seniors face nearly $29 million in year-over-year cuts to the vital lab services they depend on.

    • In 2014, Congress passed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) to safeguard seniors’ access to critical health services, including laboratory tests. However, as a result of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) flawed approach to PAMA implementation, seniors’ health is at risk.
    • Under PAMA, Congress directed HHS to establish market-based reimbursement rates for clinical laboratories. However, the HHS Secretary disregarded Congress’ instruction, gathering rate information from less than 1% of laboratories nationwide.
    • This skewed and incomplete data collection process ignores payment data from 99% of the market and has resulted in severe cuts to laboratory services.
    • By drastically cutting rates, including for the top-25 most performed lab tests, HHS is threatening access to lab services for beneficiaries living with diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, prostate and colon cancers, anemia, infections, opioid dependency and countless other common health conditions.

    As a result of this flawed data collection process, the cuts to lab services dramatically exceed original estimates from the Congressional Budget Office and the Office of Management and Budget, leading to an erosion of seniors’ benefits, particularly the most vulnerable and those in rural communities.

    • Reducing access to clinical lab services will ultimately drive up the cost of care for the Medicare program and for beneficiaries, particularly those who reside in medically underserved communities.
    • The laboratories serving these vulnerable populations stand to face the brunt of these cuts, which are estimated to reach nearly 30% in the first three years of PAMA with the potential for further reductions. Many of these labs will be forced to shut down operations, reduce services, eliminate tests and/or lay off employees.

    The Laboratory Access for Beneficiaries Act (LAB Act)—bipartisan legislation recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives—is a common-sense solution that proposes a data-reporting delay of one year, which would allow CMS and other stakeholders time to address the flaws in the current reporting process and help protect seniors’ health.

    • The LAB Act is a common-sense solution to protect seniors in Indiana and across the country. Suspending data reporting in 2020 accomplishes two critical goals:

    o Allowing for a more representative share of labs to report private market data; and

    o Providing valuable time for stakeholders and policymakers to determine how to reform PAMA and ensure a truly market-based system will protect Medicare beneficiaries’ services.

    • Importantly, we would also recommend a required report from the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) on how to effectively support market based rates and does not reverse any of the cuts to labs already in place, instead putting the brakes on a flawed process and establishing a sustainable market-based approach to setting laboratory rates that can meet the needs of Indiana’s—and the country’s—seniors moving forward.

    * This Indiana PAMA Fact Sheet was provided by the Indiana State Medical Association.

  • 06 Jun 2019 4:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    IAP president Shaoxiong Chen received an appeal from CAP's Legislation and Political Action  Manager regarding  proposed bill that will "... allow[s] health plans to unilaterally determine the value of physician services and will turn the physician component of hospital care over to their financial control."

    The CAP urges you to "make your voice heard on this important issue that may permanently affect your payment and potentially limit patient access to your services."

    Here is the contents of the email:

    ACTION ALERT: SURPRISE BILLING

    LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS

    You may have seen Congress is quickly advancing surprise medical billing legislative proposals at an alarming rate without properly vetting the potential consequences it could have on your ability to treat patients. Below is a quick recap:

    There were several bills and drafts introduced to address surprise billing in both the House and Senate that the CAP has significant concerns with. These legislative proposals include the use of an out-of-network payment methodology exclusively tied to median in-network-rates which is unacceptable to the CAP. It allows health plans to unilaterally determine the value of physician services and will turn the physician component of hospital care over to their financial control. That is a solution that will only benefit the health insurance industry to the detriment of the health care delivery system, and as such, is opposed by the CAP. The CAP cannot support any proposal that supports that provision.

    Physician members of Congress, led by Reps. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) and Phil Roe (R-TN), released an outline for legislation that is a positive step in the right direction. As we’re encouraged by the direction of the outline by Reps. Ruiz and Roe, we need you to support them by using the buttons below to contact your member of Congress.

    The solutions as proposed by Dr. Ruiz and Dr. Roe would take necessary steps to accomplish our goals of holding patients financially harmless from surprise medical bills while creating a fair reimbursement system that keeps patients out of the middle of billing disputes. In particular, the CAP is pleased to see inclusion of a baseball-style arbitration process that allows consideration for a range of factors, including the usual and customary rate that reflects the market value of physician services. While we are still hopeful that any final proposal will include network adequacy provisions, this is a far better starting point than other proposals we have seen.

    Make your voice heard on this important issue that may permanently affect your payment and potentially limit patient access to your services. We look forward to advocating for the Ruiz-Roe proposal to be adopted in place of legislation adverse to pathologists. To contact your legislators now on surprise billing, please click the Send Letter to Legislator(s) button, or if you would like to review and edit the letter please click the Preview/Edit button.

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  • 10 Dec 2017 1:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The IAP has a great deal to look forward to in 2018. The up and coming 69th Spring Slide Seminar, new opportunities for the delivery of CME, and next April’s reaccreditation as an ACCME recognized CME provider continue to fulfill the IAP mission. To better serve the Association, it was definitely time for a website up date. There will be even more improvements in the coming weeks.

    I cannot look ahead without casting a glance over my shoulder at the past. The new IAP homepage banner contains one of my favorite images from the Indiana Medical History Museum. This is the illustration centerpiece from a 1938 Indiana physician’s license. 


    While the figures of the ancient deities Aesculapius and his daughters Hygieia and Panacea are prominent, we see two putti playing at the feet of the gods. One holds a sprig of foxglove (toxicology) and the other peers into a microscope (cellular pathology) while a retort bubbles to the side (chemistry). This juxtaposition of the symbols of classical medical mythology with those of nineteen century scientific medicine still speaks to the relationship between the laboratory and clinical medicine today. Clinicians are still the most visible to the patient and the public, but the clinical and surgical pathology laboratories form the foundation for diagnosis and treatment. With every year, advancements in technology and a better understanding of disease change the way pathologists practice. In spite of great changes, we can look at the original articles of incorporation for the IAP and see the importance of the founding purposes have little changed over the decades:

    …the objects of this organization shall be:

    a) To maintain high standards of the practice of medicine through the provision of state-of-the-art pathology expertise and laboratory medicine excellence.

    b) To stimulate through education, scientific investigation, and promulgation the results of research both basic and applied in the area of laboratory medicine.

    c) To promote the practice of scientific medicine by a wider application of clinical and public health laboratory methods to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.

    d) To promote public knowledge and understanding of the practice of pathology as it relates to the individual, the community, and to the totality of medicine.

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