| March 5, 2009

From the College of American Pathologists (reposted with permission)

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Photo: Rep. Jim McGovern Tours UMass Memorial Medical Center
Andrew Fischer, MD, FCAP guides Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) through a slide demonstration during a Congressional lab tour Feb. 18 at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worchester, MA.
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Proposed Federal Budget Includes 630 Billion Dollars for
Healthcare Reform

President Obama’s proposed Federal budget sets aside a “reserve” fund of more than $630 billion over ten years that will be dedicated towards financing healthcare initiatives including reform of the physician pay system and the adoption of Health
Information Technology.
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Technical Problem with Pathology Code for PQRI, CMS
Offers Solutions

A technical problem affecting 20 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative quality-data codes, including the breast and colon cancer code, has caused some carriers to reject submissions for the first three months of 2009.
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Patient-Centered Medical Home Model Demonstrations Are Underway
The need to reform healthcare to improve the coordination and quality of medical care continues to be a top priority for legislators and regulatory agencies, and the concept of the Medical Home has been widely supported by medical organizations and members of Congress to address that need.
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Kansas Governor Tapped for HHS Nomination, Former Clinton Advisor Named Health Czar
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas was appointed by President Obama as the nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services March 1, while former Clinton Administration advisor Nancy-Ann DeParle was named Health Czar.
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Help Ensure Our Seat in the House of Medicine – Act Now!
Read a message from William V. Harrer, MD, FCAP, and CAP Delegate to the American Medical Association House of Delegates.
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CAP Provides Testimony on Pathologists Role in Genomic Tests
for Patients

The College provided testimony to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee Feb. 25 highlighting the role of pathologists in developing, delivering and interpreting genomic tests for patients.
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Reminder: Scholarship Applications Now Available for CAP’s
2009 Advocacy School

Scholarship applications are now available for 2009 Advocacy School, which will be held May 4 – May 6 in Washington, DC.
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Category: Advocacy, Government

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