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Budget Delay Will Impact Medi-Cal Lab Payments

As the budget deadlock continues in Sacramento, there will be an impact on Medi-Cal payments to clinical laboratories. Each year that the budget is delayed, the state will draw down on the $2B health care deposit fund that is used to pay some providers when there is no budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1st. We expect that beginning today, August 23rd, this fund will be exhausted and payments will cease for clinical labs among some other provider types. This will not impact payments to pathologists in hospitals or those with a physician medical group provider number. You should continue to submit claims which will be processed, but simply not paid until a budget is achieved.


CSP Seeking Nominations for the Board of Directors

If you have an interest in serving on the CSP Board of Directors, we encourage you to contact us in the next two weeks. The Board meets four times per year with all but one of those being for a day session. If interested, please contact the CSP Executive Director, Bob Achermann at bachermann@amgroup.us. Elections will be held at the December Annual Meeting.



Laboratory Field Services Releases Regulation Package on Personnel Licensing

Last year LFS previewed a set of proposed changes to the clinical lab personnel standards. You can find the statement of reasons and full text of the package by going to www.cdph.ca.gov  then clicking on Decisions Pending and Opportunity for Public Participation, then Proposed Regulations. For the direct link, click here.


Many of these changes are long overdue and needed to address the evolution of genetic molecular testing, the standards for multiple types of examinations, and the scope of testing for cytotechnologists, among many more.


Public comment is open until September 27, 2010 and comments can be submitted electronically. The CSP will be reviewing the regulations and submitting comments in September.  

Mark Your Calendar
Society of Pathologists
63rd Annual Convention
"Seminars in Pathology"
December 1 - 4, 2010

Hyatt San Francisco in Embarcadero Center
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111

Click here to view the conference brochure.

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California Society of Pathologists
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Sacramento, CA 95814 
Tel : 916-446-6001
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