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    After Years of Communicating PQRS Concerns, ASCP Proposes a Potential Solution

    December 18, 2013
    Since the creation of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2007, ASCP has been committed to educating our members on program requirements and communicating to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) when program requirements do not meaningfully align with the pathology specialty. However, after years of urging CMS to slow program advancement, develop more pathology-specific measures, and exempt pathologists with no applicable measures from negative payment adjustments, ASCP is shifting to an even more proactive advocacy approach. Read more
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    New Toolkit Provides Resources to Promote Conversations about Appropriate Testing

    December 09, 2013
    A new online toolkit puts resources in the hands of pathologists and laboratory professionals to promote conversations between physicians and patients surrounding appropriate tests. The toolkit, part of ASCP’s Choosing Wisely initiative, seeks to raise public awareness about appropriate test utilization and to assist patients in taking an active role in choosing care that is truly necessary. Read more
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    ASCP Members’ Voices Heard on CMS Physician Fee Schedule Payment Cap; CLFS Still Hit Hard

    December 09, 2013
    ASCP members’ voices were heard when they submitted more than 10,000 letters this fall to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Congress in opposition to CMS’ highly controversial proposal to cap Medicare payments for important life-saving diagnostic tests and procedures. Last week, CMS announced it would drop the proposal from its CY 2014 Medicare Physicians Fee Schedule (PFS). Read more

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