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Dear Valued Member,

The Washington State Society of Pathologists Board of Directors thanks you for your membership and invites you to renew your membership for 2017.

The WSSP has a prominent role as provider of pathology educational opportunities and has the important role of serving on your behalf as a representative and advocate to the state legislature.  In order for us to continue presenting quality CME meetings, represent your interests to the Washington State Medical Association, the state legislature, and regulatory agencies, we strive for 100% statewide participation. Pathology faces many challenges and it is imperative that we maintain a strong statewide society.

The 2017 legislative session will be a challenging one for our profession as the state legislature will be discussing a bill that curbs our ability to Balance Bill out of network patients for services that we provide.  Under the guise of “Surprise Billing” the proposed bill will likely tie our reimbursement to a percentage of Medicare for out of network patients which could significantly affect our ability to negotiate with insurance companies.   It is imperative that our voice is heard.  We need your support to make this happen.

Your membership also allows us to provide excellent educational programs.  We had two very successful meetings in 2016 which highlighted speakers from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Mayo Clinic, and Northwestern University as well as regional experts from our very own institutions.  Our annual spring meeting this year will be at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on May 6, 2017 and will focus on lung pathology.   Dr. William Travis from Memorial Sloan Kettering will headline the event and will be joined by other experts in the field from our region.   We will also be co-hosting a fall educational program with the Pacific Northwest Society of Pathologists.

Your continued participation is essential as we continue to strengthen our organization and the positioning of pathology in our community.  Please contact any board member if you have an interest in participating or have ideas or feedback to share.

Respectfully,

Dominique Coco, MD
Vice-president

Mohidean Ghofrani, MD, MBA
President

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