|LETTER FROM THE NYSSP PRESIDENT
Why do you need NYSSP when you have CAP and ASCP?
1. A State Pathology Society (SPS) is necessary for effective advocacy on state level issues by National Pathology Societies
A state pathology society amplifies the impact of advocacy by a national organization. Both CAP and ASCP consider SPS to be essential partners in advocacy in our federated system of government. Both consider SPS membership to be the natural companion of membership in either national society. More, both organizations will focus their own limited advocacy resources in those states whose SPS's are most effective.
2. A state pathology society is necessary to ensure that pathologists interests are represented at State Medical Societies.
We share many interests with our clinician peers, but by no means all. For those issues where we share common ground with clinicians, NYSSP can serve as a liaison with other state-level physician organizations, particularly MSSNY. But for those issues where our interests conflict, like pod labs and POLs, MSSNY will not represent us.
3. NYS plays a larger role in laboratory regulation than does any other state government, making effective state-level representation in NY much more important.
4. It works! Our recent successes have included:
i) NYSSP & CAP have collaborated to successfully restrict certain types of abusive joint contractual ventures sought by gastro-enterologists and urologists. We have been successful despite resistance from the NYS Bar Association.
ii) NYSSP & CAP have collaborated to successfully restrict the provision, free-of-charge, of practice management software and EHRs by large laboratory services to clinicians as an inducement to redirect lab casework to distant providers. We have been successful despite resistance from MSSNY.
iii) NYSSP & CAP have also collaborated in a multi-year effort to require out-of-state lab service providers to abide by the same rules and restrictions that in-state laboratories must. This competitive advantage enlarges the share of NYS lab work that gets sent to out-of-state operations. Twice, now, we have come within one Senate vote of reducing this unfair advantage.
Working in a big group or commercial lab -- or even working in a University -- will not shield pathologists from the many threats we face from payers, out-of-state competitors, clinicians seeking to supplant us, and non-physicians seeking to offer lab services without our oversight. Even within the largest and most diversified practice settings, these threats translate -- in a tangible way -- into reduced salaries and benefits for pathologists, into reduced opportunities for young pathologists trying to start their careers, and into deferred retirements for those pathologists nearing the ends of their careers.
In Albany, if you do not have a well-connected lobbyist, you're not in-the game. It does no good to rail against the system. NYS pathologists must play the game as it is played, not as we wish it were played. NYSSP has retained Albany's top lobbyist to help us in our work on your behalf. We need you to become a contributing member if we are to sustain that relationship.
Together we can preserve the ethics and economics of our profession.
Mary Fowkes, MD FCAP
Purpose and Function of NYSSPATH
To express the ideals of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,
to promote and advance the practice of the specialty of Pathology
and to foster the scientific, economic, social and ethical aspects
Cultivate the science of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,
and to improve and promote by study, research and publication,
the knowledge of Pathology and the application of such knowledge
to the study of etiology, diagnostic procedures and morphologic
manifestations of disease.
Establish and maintain the highest standards of training and
proficiency in the practice of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
in the State of New York.
Seek the cooperation of physicians, hospitals and other health
care institutions and organizations with the expressed views
and recommendations of this Society, in order that the general
public and the sick may be better served.
Advance public relations with governmental agencies, legislators,
carriers and intermediaries, and the public in general.
Keep the members informed about such pending legislation and
regulations as may in any way affect the interests and welfare
of pathologists, and to promote increased understanding and participation
by the members in the development of health care policy.
Cooperate with other local, state and national organizations
of similar aims and purposes.
Encourage the continued improvement of laboratory medicine
in the State of New York.