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President’s Letter – December 2019

December 2, 2019

Fellow Pathologist,

The Washington State Society of Pathologists Board of Directors thanks you for your membership and is asking that you to renew your membership for 2020.
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 Washington State Medical Association, the state legislature, and regulatory agencies. To do so we need your continued support!
Once again, we will be addressing an important legislative issue in 2020. Lawmakers are poised to develop policy around benefit managers during this upcoming session. Benefit managers dictate or limit health care provider decisions regarding the use of medical services, requiring health care providers to submit a notification in order for reimbursement of those services (e.g. preauthorization, medical necessity, etc.

Regularly, these benefit managers are making care decisions on behalf of carriers. Laboratory benefit managers are less well known to legislators but are now serving a bigger and bigger role for carriers, particularly with the implementation of targeted therapy in the realm of personalized medicine. More and more clinical and molecular tests are being denied by carriers, leaving patients and physicians in difficult and frustrating positions.

The WSSP in conjunction with the College of American Pathologists will be lobbying legislators during the 2020 session to include laboratory benefit managers as part of a more comprehensive bill aimed at regulating this industry.

We 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.

In addition to our legislative efforts, we will continue to offer high quality CME through our Digital Pathology Slide Sessions. This innovative program is both practical and flexible and able to provide the SAM credits that you need to maintain your certification.

Your continued participation in the Washington State Society of Pathologists is essential as we continue to strengthen our organization.


Dominique Coco, M.D.
President, Chair of Board of Directors