Please take action and let your representative know you support bill, HR 5721, and urge them to be a co-sponsor. Last year at this time the FSP was fighting draft LCD on special stains from First Coast Service Options, our Medicare carrier. This directly affects us as pathologists! The CAP, in concert with its coalition partners, has succeeded in getting legislation introduced by Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) to fix the flawed Local Coverage Determination (LCD) process.
The Officers of the FSP have made recommendations for a revision of the current bylaws. The proposed bylaws changes will be voted on by the membership at the upcoming FSP Business Meeting which will take place on Saturday, July 23, 2016, during the FSP 2016 Summer Anatomic Pathology Conference in Palm Beach, Florida at the Four Seasons Resort. Click here to view the proposed bylaw changes.
FSP is proud to announce that it will endorse two of its members, Rebecca L. Johnson, M.D. as candidate for delegate for AMA House of Delegates and Ronald F. Giffler, M.D. as candidate for FMA Vice President. Elections will take place at the upcoming Florida Medical Association meeting taking place on July 29-31, 2016, in Orlando, Florida.
It is with profound sadness that we share with you the news of our beloved professor and friend Dr. Byrne, who passed away in his sleep on May 17. Services were held in Chicago, where as most of you know, Dr. Byrne and his family called home for many years. As alumni of our UM Department of Pathology, you either trained under him, worked with him, or consulted him for assistance on Hematopathology cases. Dr. Byrne was truly very special and will be deeply missed. We remain grateful for having had the opportunity to know him and to call him our friend.
On May 2-4, 2016, we saw first-hand that the College of American Pathologists (CAP)'s Policy Meeting (2016 CAP Policy Meeting — College of American Pathologists) is a must-attend event for pathologists. Seven Florida pathologists who are members of the CAP House of Delegates and the Florida Society of Pathologists attended this meeting. These included Drs. Marilyn Bui, Prudence Smith, Anne Champeaux, Jim Zhai, Jeffrey Smith, Oleksandr Kryvenko, and Peter Johnson. The meeting provided our Florida delegation with a unique opportunity to advocate for pathology and laboratory medicine, while also briefing us on key regulatory issues impacting the specialty and how to best advocate for legislative solutions to the problems that we all face.
Register today for the Florida Society of Pathologists (FSP) 2016 Summer Anatomic Pathology Conference, July 23-24 at the Four Seasons in Palm Beach, Florida. Act now — the early bird discount ends this Sunday, May 15!Register today for the Florida Society of Pathologists (FSP) 2016 Summer Anatomic Pathology Conference, July 23-24 at the Four Seasons in Palm Beach, Florida. Act now — the early bird discount ends this Sunday, May 15!
Attend the Florida Society of Pathologists (FSP) 2016 Summer Anatomic Pathology Conference, July 23-24 at the Four Seasons in Palm Beach, Florida. The summer conference will provide practicing pathologists educational opportunities on new scientific applications and technologic advances and will feature nationally renowned faculty presenting the most cutting-edge topics in thyroid pathology, GI, cytology and neuroendocrine pathology. An exciting new educational component has been added, an interactive microscopy course, allowing attendees the opportunity to engage with our faculty experts in an intimate and interactive learning environment. Attendees will have the opportunity to review challenging cases with fellow meeting attendees and invited panelists, Dr. Robert Petras and Dr. Sylvia Asa and provide feedback in real time.
Check out the new and improved Florida Society of Pathologists website, and experience firsthand how easy it is to navigate. Find what you are looking for by using the quick links on the right hand side or use the search bar on the top. Members can now pay their dues online, read about legislative updates and easily access the newsletter archive area. Access information about the Summer Conference and register online by logging into the members only area to receive discounted member registration rates.
Recap of the 2016 Legislative Session: Balance billing legislation passed
After many years of negotiation, HB 221 was passed with a unanimous vote in the Senate and a vote of 118-0 in the House. HB 221, which takes effect July 1, 2016, relates to out-of-network health insurance coverage and very well may materially alter how hospital based pathology groups conduct business. The bill applies to all emergency and nonemergency non-contracted, covered services rendered in a participating hospital setting.