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Pathology News Roundup: December 28, 2021

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Changes to CAP Accreditation Process: The College of American Pathologists' Accreditation Services launched its Online Deficiency Response on December 20. This new process will impact the way the CAP’s accreditation customers send necessary documentation for any deficiencies cited during their inspection.

At the conclusion of a lab's inspection, they will receive a copy of the Inspector Summation Report (ISR) which includes the official listing of deficiencies. The CAP will not send an additional report of deficiencies cited.

Responses to this report must now be submitted online to the CAP within 30 calendar days of the date of the inspection.

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To learn more, check out a recent CAPcast featuring Amy Daniels, the CAP’s Technical Director of Accreditation Services, as she describes the new process for responding to deficiencies and how it impacts laboratories during the transition to the new process.

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ABPath CEO Retiring: Rebecca L. Johnson, MD, CEO of the American Board of Pathology (ABPath) will retire at the end of this year after her nine-year tenure. 

Dr. Johnson Retirement

Dr. Johnson began her time with the ABPath as a member of the Clinical Pathology Test Development and Advisory Committee. She went on to serve the Board for the next 11 years as a Trustee, Treasurer, and President. In 2013, she was appointed as CEO of the ABPath and through her leadership and insight markedly improved the certification and continuing certification programs for practicing pathologists. Through her work engaging with diplomates and residents, she has given them a voice in the evolution of the certification programs and changed the face of the Board.

"Dr. Johnson led the staff with her positive outlook, compassion, and generosity and her dedication to the ABPath mission was steadfast in all she accomplished," the ABPath said in a statement announcing Dr. Johnson's retirement. "The Trustees and the staff of the ABPath greatly appreciate all Dr. Johnson has done for the ABPath and wish her all the best for her next adventures. She will be greatly missed."

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AAPA Town Hall Meeting: The American Association of Pathologists' Assistants is holding an online Town Hall Meeting on January 9, featuring a State of the Association & Financial Report for the AAPA. Online registration for the meeting is open now. 

The meeting format includes an hour of presentation and a half hour of Q&A. Learn what has been happening behind the scenes and how the efforts of the AAPA's outstanding volunteer base have had a direct impact on growing AAPA benefits and creating more visibility within the pathology community. Education Committee Vice Chair Emily Loter will moderate the meeting, with presentations from a variety of Board of Trustees members and Committee leaders.

Attendees are are invited to pre-submit questions and will also have the opportunity to ask questions during the live Town Hall meeting. Pre-submit questions to info@pathassist.org by the deadline of Thursday, January 6.

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