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•Upcoming events   •IAP Update newsletter   •Wellmark venipuncture reversal •New requirements for Maintenance of Certification (MOC)


Upcoming Events

2021 IAP Annual Dinner


IAP Update newsletter

IAP Update Spring/Summer 2018

Past Issues

IAP Update November 2016

IAP Update December 2009

IAP Update August 2010

IAP Update February 2011

IAP Update June 2011

IAP Update February 2012

IAP Update October 2012

IAP Update February 2013

IAP Update October 2013

IAP Update February 2014

IAP Update October 2014

IAP Update Spring 2015

IAP Update Fall 2015

IAP Update Spring 2016

IAP Update Spring 2017

IAP Update Fall 2017

Wellmark reverses venipuncture reimbursement decision

Thanks to a concerted effort by the Iowa Association of Pathologists and others in the Iowa medical and laboratory community, Wellmark has retracted its policy not to reimburse venipuncture procedure (CPT 36415). Thank you to everyone who contacted Wellmark to voice concerns. It also means a lot for me to say that the IAP represents 125 concerned pathologists, passionate about maintaining quality laboratory and patient care in Iowa.

Dan Slagel, MD
IAP president

IAP Member Gene Herbek is CAP President

 “As CAP president, I hope to make pathologists better known to patients, medical colleagues, hospital administrators and policy makers by educating them on our role in patient care,” says Dr. Herbek. 

Former Iowa pathologist and current IAP member Gene Herbek, MD took office in October of 2013 as president of the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

Dr. Herbek did his training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Since 2004, he has practiced anatomic and clinical pathology at Methodist Hospital in Omaha. Before that, he was at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Sioux City for 25 years, practicing with Drs. Thomas Carroll, Michael Kafka, James Quesenberry and Julie Breiner.

“As CAP president, I hope to make pathologists better known to patients, medical colleagues, hospital administrators and policy makers by educating them on our role in patient care,” says Dr. Herbek.

Dr. Herbek has been very involved in CAP throughout his career. He has served as chair of the Finance Committee and Audit Subcommittee. He has served as a member of the College’s Compensation Committee, Executive Committee, Governance Committee, and Investment Subcommittee. He also served as chair of the CAP Political Action Committee, the CAP Council on Membership and Public Affairs, and as vice-chair of the CAP Council on Scientific Affairs.

At the CAP annual meeting in 2005, Dr. Herbek received the CAP Outstanding Communicator Award established in honor of William H. Kuehn, PhD, for his efforts to raise public awareness about the role that pathologists play in both determining the cause of illness and in the preventive health care available to patients. He was also awarded the CAP President’s Honors Award in 2001 and 2004. In addition, Dr. Herbek was recognized at the College’s annual meeting in 2004 for his outstanding efforts, dedication, vision, and support of the CAP Foundation’s Humanitarian Grant Program. He is a past recipient of the CAP Foundation’s Lansky Award.

Dr. Herbek is a member of the American Pathology Foundation, the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the American Medical Association, and the American Association of Blood Banks.

As CAP President, Dr. Herbek plans to “focus on improving the CAP Laboratory Improvement Program with CAP members and staff.” His other goals include supporting CAP members in their various practice settings by promoting practice enhancement skills beyond the traditional pathologist skills while maintaining the support of traditional pathologist roles.

“I plan to work to form solid relationships with other pathology and medical organizations to advocate for patients and pathologists in a changing health care environment at local and national levels,” he explains.

Dr. Herbek is serving a two-year term.

 New requirements for Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

The  American Board of Pathology began issuing time-limited certificates in 2006 and has no plans to extend the requirement to pathologists certified before 2006, but that doesn’t mean pathologists with non-time limited certificates will be immune from the new requirements.

“You may be pushed in that direction by other entities,” says Dr. Betsy Bennett, Executive Vice President of the American Board of Pathology (ABP). “It’s possibly you may have to do it for credentialing at some point.”

The IAP invited Dr. Bennett to participate in a conference call for the purpose of explaining the new Maintenance of Certification requirements. According to Dr. Bennett, the ABP is the last specialty to begin issuing time-limited certificates.

Certificates issued in 2006 or later are valid for 10 years. However, new reporting requirements begin two years after the certificate is issued. The ABP recommends all pathologists begin participating in the new program; Dr. Bennett says voluntary participation won’t jeopardize a certificate with no time limit.

The ABP’s voluntary re-certification program will be eliminated after 2013, she adds.

There are four components to the new MOC requirements:
• Professional standing—A full and unrestricted license in at least one state and documentation of medical staff privileges.
• Continuing education—An average of 35 Category 1 credits every year. CME must be reported to the ABP annually.
• Exam—One general examination in each area in which you are certified.
• Performance evaluation—This includes references from peers and senior management.

Dr. Bennett says diplomates are allowed to combine reporting for primary and subspecialty certificates, and advises physicians to retain all of their subspecialties, at least through the first cycle.