CMS Testing Potential MIPS Cost Measures
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is now testing potential new measures for future use in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Cost category. Field testing of these measures began August 17 and will continue through September 18.
Fall for Pathology
The American Association of Pathologists' Assistants (AAPA) had to cancel its in-person Annual Conference this year, but they're still able to offer alternate continuing education (CE) opportunities for members.
The AAPA has announced Fall for Pathology: A 2020 Virtual CE Series, offering on-demand lectures and poster presentations.
You can pre-register for access to lecture recordings. On-demand streaming video is priced as a set of eight videos at the rate of $99 for members and $129 for non-members. By purchasing the entire set of recordings, you have the opportunity to earn up to eight AAPA PACE credits. Processed orders give access to the online streaming lecture recordings, as well as the corresponding quizzes.
Passing each quiz with a score of 70 percent or higher is required to earn CE credit. Recordings will be available in mid-October. Quizzes will be available to earn credit through late 2022.
ABPath: New Certification Requirement for Autopsies
The American Board of Pathology (ABPath) has announced the new certification requirement for autopsies is now 30 cases, effective immediately. This change is an interim adjustment until the ABPath autopsy requirement can become competency-based with the use of Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs).
In the announcement, ABPath recognized that the pathology training curriculum has significantly expanded to include such areas as molecular pathology, informatics, and laboratory management, and therefore reducing the numerical requirement is a reasonable adjustment. The ABPath also recognized that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the number of autopsy cases in some training programs and this adjustment will help those programs.
Using data from a survey of Pathology Residency Program Directors, ABPath determined that 30 cases is a reasonable number for most residents to achieve competence in autopsy performance. The ABPath emphasizes that 30 cases is the minimum numerical requirement and that some residents may require more cases to achieve competency. Also, teaching and service obligations may require residents to perform more than 30 cases.
For additional information, please see the Booklet of Information Appendix A. Autopsy Requirements at www.abpath.org. Additional details about this change are included in the ABPath press release.
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