The FSP Summer Pathology Conference starts this weekend! The conference will offer nine hours of CME credit and ample opportunity for networking. We are looking forward to welcoming over 100 pathologists to our meeting and hope you will join us! Registration is still available online on the FSP website.
There are only two weeks until the start of the FSP Summer Pathology Conference on July 17-18 in Palm Beach, Florida at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. We are looking forward to networking with our members and friends in person and have an incredible weekend planned for our attendees. Faculty include Jason Hornick, MD, PhD, Christopher Crum, MD, Merce Jorda, MD, PhD, MBA and Julia Hegert, MD. We will also welcome a remarkable group of faculty who will lead an interactive roundtable discussion on medical malpractice including Timothy Allen, MD, Rebekah Bernard, MD, Jim Zhai, MD and moderator Stephen Vernon, MD.
Last month, we notified FSP members that Cigna had released a reimbursement policy update stating that effective July 2021, Cigna would be denying reimbursement for the professional component on clinical pathology services. The FSP’s Legislative and Governmental Affairs Committee under the leadership of Chair, Brett Cantrell, MD, and FSP President, Qihui “Jim” Zhai, MD, immediately leapt into action to respond to the policy update by engaging committee members and working collaboratively with the College of American Pathologists and the Florida Medical Association to evaluate the proposed policy changes. Subsequently, the FSP submitted a formal letter directly to Cigna, urging them to overturn the proposed policy update. In the last week, the FSP has become aware that in response to the efforts of the CAP, the state pathology societies and the individual pathology practices that sent letters, Cigna intends to reverse the proposed policy update and will continue to make payments for the professional component of clinical pathology. A formal announcement has not been made by Cigna, however, should be forthcoming and will be shared with FSP members as soon as it is available. We thank our FSP members for their continued support and for giving us the opportunity to advocate on their behalf.
FSP will host a live webinar given by Gregory Y. Lauwers, MD, at 7 PM EST, June 3 on Diagnosing Barrett's Esophagus: Twists and Turns - and Lessons Learned. Dr. Lauwers will provide a case-based review of consultations that will review daily routine complexities in evaluating Barrett's Esophagus Biopsies. This webinar is FREE to FSP members and $25 for non-members.
The FSP Summer Pathology Conference will be held in person on July 17-18 in Palm Beach at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. The FSP’s Education Committee has added even more educational topics to the scientific agenda and are pleased to be welcoming an impressive group of faculty this summer. Attendees can earn 9+ hours of CME credit by attending.
The Florida Legislature adjourned Sine Die on Friday, April 30. One of the biggest issues FSP faced during the legislative session this year deals with collection of DNA. Apparently, many pathologists who were ordering routine testing and received those test results may have been unknowingly in violation of current Florida law since the initial patient consent may not have disclosed this testing in advance. These violations have been misdemeanors in Florida for many years, long before the evolution of modern advances in DNA testing. HB 833 and Senate Bill 1140 were filed, and ultimately passed, to prohibit DNA analysis and disclosure of those results without the patients express consent and would have changed the penalty from a misdemeanor to a felony. Read FSP lobbyist, Amy Young’s full legislative session recap on the FSP website here.
Calling all FSP Members – It is time to renew your membership dues! Over the last year, we have faced extraordinary challenges and yet the FSP has continued to sustain itself due to the continued support and commitment of our members. To read a letter from FSP President, Jim Zhai, MD, on the importance of being a member of your state pathology society and the impact of FSP’s advocacy efforts visit the FSP website here. Renew your dues online on the FSP website here.
Exciting News! The FSP will hold the Summer Pathology Conference as a live meeting on July 17-18, 2021 in Palm Beach, Florida, at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. We are thrilled to once again be able to connect and network in person together this summer. Educational topics will cover breast pathology, genitourinary pathology and obstetric and gynecologic pathology. The conference will also feature an interactive roundtable discussion led by senior pathologists on medical malpractice with a real-world discussion on how pathologists can respond to diagnostic errors and how to deal with the impact and stress of a malpractice situation. The Summer Pathology Conference will offer 9.5 hours of CME credit. Registration is available online here.
We would like to thank our Annual Corporate Supporters for their commitment to the FSP on an annual basis. The FSP works to educate the membership on the latest scientific developments in Pathology and to stimulate communication between our members and our supporters. To learn more about each of the FSP Annual Corporate Supporters, visit the FSP website.
This month we are delighted to feature Philip Robinson, MD. Dr. Robinson has been a longtime member of the FSP and was recently elected to the FSP Board of Directors and began his two-year term as a Board Member At Large in February 2021. Dr. Robinson is a retired pathologist and prior to that, taught at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, FL, and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.