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CAP Leaders, Policymakers Convene on the Future of Pathology

Former CMS Chief Mark B. McClellan and political commentator Mark Shields join a cadre of legislators, regulators, and media pundits. Monday, May 10–Wednesday, May 12 Marriott Metro Center, Washington, DC

Washington, D.C. (Vocus) May 5, 2010 -- The former head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Mark B. McClellan, MD, PhD, The Hotline’s Editor-in-Chief Amy Walter, and PBS NewsHour’s Mark Shields will join policymakers at the College of American Pathologists’ 2010 Policy Meeting to assess the pathologists’ transforming role as health care reform implementation gets underway.

The myriad of changes impacting the pathology community right now—from regulations regarding self-referral and the future of CLIA to new payment models—will also be confronted by industry leaders. The meeting will begin on Monday, May 10, at 8am, and conclude the morning of Wednesday, May 12. The meeting will be held at the Marriott Metro Center on 775 12th St., NW, in Washington, DC.

Below are some key sessions that health care journalists won’t want to miss:

Monday, May 10

  • 9am–10am: “The Future of Health Care: Leading Change to Deliver Value,” Mark B. McClellan, MD, PhD, Former CMS Administrator; Director, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, The Brookings Institution

  • 12pm–1pm: “2010 Election Forecast,” Amy Walter, Editor-in-Chief, The Hotline

Tuesday, May 11
  • 8:30 am–9:30 am: Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL), Ranking Member, Health Subcommittee Energy and Commerce Committee, will provide a conservative perspective on health care reform implementation

  • 9:30 am–10:30 am: “Advancing Medical Homes: New Approaches to Coordinate Patient Care,” David K. Nace, MD, Vice President, Clinical Development, McKesson Health Solutions, Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative; James M. Crawford, MD, PhD, FCAP, Senior Vice President, North Shore-LIJ Health System

  • 10:45 am–12:00 pm: “Accountable Care Organizations and New Payment Models—What are Emerging Trends and What do Pathologists Need to Know?” Terri L. Postma, MD, Medical Officer, Performance-Based Payment Policy Staff, Center for Medicare Management, CMS; David Morales, Commissioner, Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy

  • 12:00 pm–1:30 pm: “Frontline Perspectives on Today’s News,” Mark Shields, Policy Analyst, PBS NewsHour

  • 1:30 pm–2:30 pm: “Delivering on the Promise of Personalized Medicine,” Wayne A. Rosenkrans, Jr., PhD, Chairman and President, Personalized Medicine Coalition; James O’Leary, Chief Innovation Officer, Genetic Alliance

  • 2:45 pm–4:00 pm: “Lab Quality: Vision for the Future of CLIA,” Alberto Gutierrez, PhD, Director, Office of In Vitro Diagnostics, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, US Food and Drug Administration; Harriet R. Walsh, MA, MT(ASCP), Deputy Director, Division of Laboratory Services Survey & Certification Group, CMS; MariBeth Gagnon, MS, CT(ASCP)HTL, Division of Laboratory Science and Standards, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Wednesday, May 12
  • Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA), Member, Health Subcommittee Energy and Commerce Committee, will discuss the liberal view of reform implementation

CAP’s Manager, Advocacy Communications, Julie McDowell, will also be Tweeting news from the meeting @CAPDCAdvocacy.

Credentialed members of the press are invited to attend these conference sessions, and the CAP Office of Advocacy Communications can help arrange brief interviews with speakers.

Advance registration is required. To register, you must provide all of the information requested on the following form. Please also specify what speakers you would like to interview. Additional details will be provided at time of registration. Contact Julie McDowell, 202.354.7127, jmcdowe(at)cap(dot)org.

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board certified pathologists and is the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care.


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