The Florida Society of Pathologists will be hosting the Inaugural Pathology + Oncology Interactive Symposium: A Precision Medicine Partnership for Better Patient Care on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 in Orlando, Florida at the Orlando World Center Marriott. This interactive and collaborative meeting is being hosted by the FSP in collaboration with the Florida Society of Clinical Oncologists (FLASCO) and will gather pathologists and oncologists from across Florida to discuss areas for enhanced communication, collaboration and overall excellence in cancer patient care through precision medicine in an interdisciplinary team. Registration is complimentary. For more information and to join us in Orlando, visit the FSP website here.
The FSP Education Committee has assembled a comprehensive and exciting educational agenda for the FSP Annual Pathology Conference taking place on Feb 18-20, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. Expert faculty include Jonathan Epstein, MD, Elizabeth Anne Montgomery, MD and Bruce Wenig, MD. The educational program will include interactive microscopy sessions, a rare and challenging case competition and a timely update on COVID-19 variant tracking initiatives. To learn more and to register, visit the FSP website here.
Join us at 7 p.m. ET, Oct. 6, 2021, for a complimentary educational webinar on a Collaborative Approach to Staging and Testing Methods in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer led by Farah Khalil, MD, from Moffitt Cancer Center. During this webinar attendees will discuss the importance of staging in NSCLC, review recommendations to improve diagnostic testing for patients with stage IV disease and assess the clinical utility of liquid biopsy and examine practical considerations for integration with tissue-based testing. This webinar is sponsored by AstraZeneca and is free for all attendees.
Did you read the latest edition of the FSP’s member spotlight on Carole Brathwaite, MD? Dr. Brathwaite is a pediatric pathologist at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida. Dr. Brathwaite first got involved in the FSP as a resident at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Miami Beach where she was encouraged by her program director to get involved in the FSP and was able to attend the FSP meetings on behalf of Mount Sinai as a resident and participate in the poster presentations. To read Dr. Brathwaite’s full member spotlight, visit the FSP website here.
The FSP's 48th Annual Pathology Conference will take place on February 18-20, 2022 at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, Florida. Educational topics will include GU pathology, GI pathology, Head and Neck pathology and new this year a Rare and Interesting Case Competition allowing members to submit their cases for presentation. The preliminary agenda is available on the FSP website and registration is available online.
The FSP will host a webinar on Glioma Diagnosis 2021: Something old, Something new - Anticipating the new WHO presented by Jesse Lee Kresak, MD, on Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. ET. The 5th edition of the WHO Classification of CNS Tumors was published this year, building upon the advances of the 2016 version and the guidelines set forth by the Consortium to Inform Molecular and Practical Approaches to CNS Tumor Taxonomy (C-IMPACT). This webinar will review the new changes and approaches to diagnoses and will include a period at the end to address questions from the audience. FSP members can participate in the webinar for free. The non-member registration rate is $25.
FSP encourages all CAP Members to exercise their vote in the 2021 CAP Board of Governors election. To view the list of candidates please visit the CAP website here. FSP had the honor of welcoming many of the CAP Board of Governor candidates at the FSP Summer Pathology Conference two weeks ago in Palm Beach, Florida. Attendees heard from the candidates attending the Summer Conference during the Welcome Reception and had an opportunity to network during the reception. Voting opened July 27 and will close Aug. 26. CAP members were sent an electronic ballot by email from the email address email@example.com. The results of the voting will be posted on the CAP website on Aug. 31 and announced at the CAP Business Meeting on Saturday, Sept. 25.
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.