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Message from the WSSP President

June 23, 2020

Fellow Pathologist,

The Washington State Society of Pathologists Board of Directors thanks you for your membership and respectfully asks that you renew your membership for 2020. The WSSP is committed to providing both education and advocacy for our members.

EDUCATION:

WSSP is committed to providing resources to our members as we navigate the SARSCoV2 pandemic. We provide recordings of our informative Q&A sessions below. The session “COVID-19 testing (Viral PCR and Antigen 1gG) testing in Washington State” with Dr. Geoff Baird was recorded on May 1st. Dr. Eric Glassy was our guest for the June 19th session “Navigating the Digital Pathology Landscape in the COVID-19 Era.” Please look for upcoming information regarding our next Challenging Case Conference which will offer 3 category 1 and SAM credits for attendees.

COVID informational links highlighted in Dr. Baird’s talk:

UW Medicine COVID-19 Resource Site

Nextstrain

COVID informational links highlighted in Dr. Glassy’s talk:

Computational pathology definitions, best practices, and recommendations for regulatory guidance (DPA)


Validating WSI for Diagnostic Purposes in Pathology Guideline from the CAP Quality Center

Digital WSI Compared With Light Microscopy for Primary Diagnosis in Surgical Pathology

Remote Access FAQs from the College of American Pathologists

Remote Signout Guidance from the College of American Pathologists

Digital Pathology Association Survey

Monitor Resolution Check

In the 2020 Washington State legislative session, WSSP focused on addressing policy regarding benefit managers. Working with the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA), WSSP addressed policy around benefit managers, who dictate or limit health care provider decisions regarding the use of medical services (e.g. preauthorization and medical necessity). WSSP will also continue to monitor the rules making and implementation process for the Balance Billing Law (HB 1065) and the business and occupation (B&O) tax increase on health care, both which go into effect in 2020.

Your continued participation in the Washington State Society of Pathologists is essential.

Respectfully,

Suzanne Dintzis, MD, PhD
President, Chair of Board of Directors

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