CAP News

| February 23, 2009


STS CAP Electronic Cancer Checklists
Now Available in XML Format

The College of American Pathologists electronic Cancer Checklists are now even easier to use! The checklists, which assist pathologists in reporting over 60 common and uncommon forms of cancer, are now available in eXtensible Markup Language (XML) format. The new format was chosen for its universal acceptance, its ease of use, and its ability to facilitate the sharing of structure data across different information systems, particularly via the Internet. The new XML format will replace the Microsoft Access database and should result in identical implementations, content-wise. Later in the year, these checklists will be enhanced further. New versions of over 70 checklists will be released, which will include revised and new content from the American Joint Committee on Cancer Staging Manual, 7th edition (currently, the checklists reference the 6th edition). CAP STS offers educational programs and consulting services to licensees for seamless implementation and customization of the checklists.

Dennis D. Reinke, MD, FCAP, receives congratulations from Yvonne Hearn, MD, FCAP, and Robert L. Breckenridge, MD, MBA, FCAP
Dennis D. Reinke, MD, FCAP, receives congratulations from Yvonne Hearn, MD, FCAP, and Robert L. Breckenridge, MD, MBA, FCAP.

College Names First Recipient of CAP Pathologist Spotlight Service Award
Dennis D. Reinke, MD, FCAP, was recognized as the first recipient of the College's Pathologist Spotlight Service Award at the Council on Membership and Professional Development luncheon in Austin, Texas, on January, 17, 2009. He was nominated by colleague Yvonne Hearn, MD, FCAP. When presented with the award, Dr. Reinke said, "I never imagined being recognized for the work
I do everyday." Read about Dr. Reinke's recognition. Learn more about the CAP Pathologist Spotlight Service Award at or send your nominations to

Second Laboratory in the United States Becomes Accredited
to CAP 15189SM Program

Avera McKennan Medical Laboratory of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, recently became the second laboratory in the United States to earn CAP 15189SM Accreditation. This accreditation is based on the ISO 15189:2007 Standard as published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for laboratory technical competence and continual quality management, which focuses on improved patient safety and risk reduction and outlines standards for quality and competence particular to medical laboratories. For additional information on the CAP 15189SM Accreditation Program, e-mail
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2009 CAP Meritorious Service Awards Program—Call for Nominations
Members are invited to nominate recipients for the following CAP Meritorious Awards:

  • CAP Distinguished Patient Care Award
  • CAP Distinguished Service Award
  • CAP Lifetime Achievement Award
  • CAP Outstanding Communicator Award
  • CAP Public Service Award

Award criteria as well as instructions and a nomination form are available on the CAP Web site in either Microsoft Word or PDF formats. Nominations are due on or before March 9, 2009. Recipients will be invited to accept their awards in person during CAP '09 – THE Pathologists' Meeting™, which will take place October 11-14 at the Gaylord National Resort in Washington, DC.
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NewsPath Download the February NewsPath® Podcast and
Latest Article

February NewsPath® podcast on "Diagnosing Genital Herpes Simplex Virus Infections," which is based on the NewsPath® article by Zsolt Jobbagy, MD, PhD, FCAP, and presented by CAP Spokesperson Noel A. Brownlee, MD, PhD, FCAP. Read the February article on the "Use of Quantitative PCR in the Monitoring of Patients with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia," written by Jason D. Merker, MD, PhD.

Tranform Your Specialty NEW Additions to the CAP Transformation
Web Site

Don't miss the latest pathologist story of Yvonne Hearn, MD, FCAP, whose recent vacation to the South Pacific gave a child a much—needed diagnosis. Now available—Mara Aspinal's CAP '08 presentation on Personalized Medicine. Also, read about the latest trend in on-line auctions for radiologist services.

Patricia A. Thomas, MD, FCAP CAP Spokesperson Patricia A. Thomas, MD, FCAP,
Featured on FOX for Black History Month in February

Patricia A. Thomas, MD, FCAP, was featured on the award-winning show, Americans in Focus, which ran on the FOX Sports Network during Black History Month in February. Emphasizing the importance of overcoming obstacles and how her hard work helped her become a Harvard graduate and a pathologist, Dr. Thomas' message is a great example of transformative behavior, highlighting the success one can achieve by setting one's mind to the goal. Watch the 90-second segment, which appeared on the FOX Sports Network television programming throughout February as well as on the national FOX Sports Network Web site. Dr. Thomas is identified as a pathologist, and she is in great company!

CAP Foundation Attend Futurescape III June 12–14 in Rosemont, Illinois. Just Added—Pre-Conference Workshop
Personalized medicine focuses on using new tools that will enable pathologists to generate new information for improved patient care. The advent of biomarkers, their correct interpretation, and the integration of data from disparate information systems are essential to getting the right treatment to the right patient at the right time. The CAP Foundation invites you to attend Futurescape III, Transforming Pathology: Information as a Disruptive Technology. For more information, please contact Arlene Strong at 800-323-4040 ext. 7324 or visit
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Renew Your 2009 Membership Dues
Renewing your 2009 CAP membership online is quick and easy. You can pay by credit card or check. Plus, you will receive a detailed receipt suitable for reimbursement or processing by your institution.
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CAP '09Sign Up for CAP '09 and Take
Advantage of the Early Bird Savings

Sign up now for CAP '09
– THE Pathologists' Meeting™, October 11–14, at the Gaylord National Resort in Washington, DC, and receive the best price guaranteed! Pay $899 and save 20% off the $1,125 global fee. No deposit required. Visit today and save.


CAP ’09 Abstracts Program
Consider submitting an abstract or case study. The CAP '09 Abstracts Program is a competitive program that is designed to promote a broad range of research in pathology. The program provides a unique opportunity to enhance research skills and contribute to the literature and advancement of pathology. Everyone is encouraged to submit abstracts, and CAP Junior Members are eligible for cash awards for their presentations. Submissions to the Abstracts Program will be accepted Monday, February 2, through Friday, March 27, 2009. Visit for more information.


CMS Announces Internet-Based Medicare Enrollment Available in
All States and in the District of Columbia

The Internet-based Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) will allow pathologist to initiate, change, view, and check the status of their Medicare enrollment via the Internet. This new system is designed to be faster, easier to use, and secure. Physicians need their National Provider Identification (NPI) National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) User ID and password to use the PECOS system. More information is available on the CMS Web site.

View the New and Updated Practice Management Resources
The following is a list of new and updated practice management resources at, and each resource is listed by practice management topic area.

  • Coding and Reimbursement
    • CMS NCDs – Laboratory National Coverage Determinations
    • – A free Web site to lookup ICD-9-CM codes
    • ICD-10 – World Health Organization's ICD-10 listing
  • Compliance and Risk Management
    • Compliance Issues for Pathologists – A November 2008 Practice Managers Forum audioconference.
  • Finance/Governance/Business Operations
    • Consolidation of Physician Practices – A paper covering issues to consider when consolidating practices.


Attend Residents Forum Meeting in Boston on March 7
You can still register to attend the Residents Forum. It's easy to do by sending an e-mail to RF staff. Join your resident colleagues for the Welcome Reception on Friday evening and for the all-day Saturday session, which includes continental breakfast and lunch! For more information, visit CAP for Residents at If you have any questions or comments, contact Jan Glas.


Stephen J. Cina, MD, FCAP

Forensic Pathologist Stresses Importance of Recognizing Signs of Depression in Children
Stephen J. Cina, MD, FCAP, spoke with reporter Bob Roberts of WBBM News Radio, a CBS news station in Chicago, Illinois, about what a forensic pathologist looks for to determine if a death is a suicide—this after a fifth grader was found dead in a Chicago-area school. Dr. Cina offered tips to help parents and teachers recognize signs of depression, even in grade school children, to prevent future tragedies. Listen to the interview on WBBM's Web site, which became available as a news story download on February 4, 2009.
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