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    ePolicy News June 2012

    May 31, 2012
    ASCP Tells Congress: Self Referral, EHR Meaningful Use Reform Critical
    In a May 27 letter to the U.S. House Ways and Means Republican leadership, ASCP outlined several policy recommendations to address the failures of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule’s (PFS) annual update process. If not for Congressional intervention, the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) would regularly impose massive cuts in the PFS. Indeed for 2013, the SGR formula would trim the PFS by approximately one third! Read more
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    ePolicy News May 2012

    April 30, 2012
    ASCP Opens Institute for Science, Technology, and Policy
    The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) recently launched its Institute for Science, Technology & Policy. Housed in Washington, D.C., the Institute is home to the Center for Public Policy and the Center for Science and Technology. Through these Centers, ASCP will foster work in the areas of Evidence-Based Practice, Patient-Centered Outcomes, Health Service Delivery, Precision Diagnostics, New Technology Delivery, Industry Relations, and Scientific Ambassadorship. Read more
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    Mitchell Report: Urologist Self-Referral of Pathology Services Inflates Utilization, Decreases Likelihood of Detecting Cancer

    April 11, 2012
    ePolicy News Special Edition
    On April 10, the influential health policy journal Health Affairs published a study by noted Georgetown University health economist Jean Mitchell, PhD, providing clear evidence that urologists who profit on their referrals for anatomic pathology services overutilize these services. In addition, Dr. Mitchell found that self-referring urologists were less likely to diagnose cancer possibly because “financial incentives prompt self-referring urologists to perform prostate biopsies on men who are unlikely to have prostate cancer.” Read more
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    ePolicy News April, 2012

    April 04, 2012
    ASCP Initiative to Address Workforce Garners Media Attention

    ASCP’s Commitment to Action in the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to create more job opportunities in the medical laboratory has caught the attention of media. An overview of ASCP’s initiative to expand educational access to laboratory science programs in New York was recently reported by WNYT-TV in Albany, N.Y. The plan will develop classrooms and distance learning curricula, a coordinated network of clinical rotation sites, an accelerated technician to technologist program, and an electronic instrumentation simulation laboratory. Read more