Michigan Society of Pathologists (MSP)  provides you important educational updates via our biannual conferences, MSP also monitors important legislative issues that impact you and your patients  The Legislative Committee provides action-based communication and support, including direct visits with Michigan Legislators.    MSP leadership maintains active communication with MSMS and CAP on important issues affecting your practice. For example, The state level success with the Out-of-Network (OON) legislation was possible due to these efforts in conjunction with CAP and a lobbyist advocating on our behalf.  The Out-of-Network legislation (HB 4459 and HB 4460) was signed into law on October 20, 2020 by the Michigan Governor which protects patients from balanced billing, while providing an OON payment methodology that is greater than 150% of Medicare, or the median in-network paid by the plan.  This payment is significantly higher than the original legislation.  It was also imperative to educate the legislators regarding the impossibility for pathologists the provide patients with estimated costs, prior to receiving any specimen.  This effort by our MSP members, mitigated a significant risk to pathologists and together with the lobbyists inserted appropriate language in the bills protecting pathologists.

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