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1 The American Pathology Foundation APF The Management Association for Pathology Karen S. Thompson, MD John A. Burns School of Medicine University of Hawaii President, AFP John Baci, MBA Boston Children’s Hospital Harvard University President and Director, PathConsulting

2 What is the APF?  Established in 1959, APF is a non-profit professional society devoted to the business and management of pathology  Focuses on providing quality education and practice management resources for its members  We seek and welcome membership from both pathologists and pathology professionals  Why APF?

3 What does APF offer?  Pathology and practice management specific education for all levels  A forum for members to learn about current issues that affect the practice of pathology, both regionally and nationally  Timely e-news updates and alerts:  CPT, ICD, and other coding changes  Urgent legislative issues affecting the practice of pathology  A peer network that provides solutions and answers to pathology practice questions  Services, resources and support that help to create an advantage in the business of pathology

4 APF Educational Offerings  Annual Conference  Preconference seminars  In-depth seminars addressing pathology business and practice management topics  Distance learning  Audio and web-based seminars featuring timely topics  Presented throughout the year  Specialty seminars  Pathology Practice Management Boot Camp  Continuing education for pathologists and practice managers  Directly accredited provider with ACCME providing Category 1 CME credits

5 APF Spring Conference, 2013

6 APF Practice Management Boot Camp Boston Children’s Hospital 2013; Conference Director, John Baci, MBA

7 APF Publications  APF Pathology Service Coding Handbook  Will discuss in more detail to follow  APF Legal Handbook  APF Payor Disputes Legal Handbook. This publication highlights the most frequently encountered payor disputes and problems and provides practical resolutions to help avoid litigation  Surveys  Statistical data gathered from APF Members and published as a benchmarking resource  Manuals  Practical guides for managing your pathology practice include: Financial Management Through Cost Accounting and the APF Public Relations Handbook.

8 APF Networking  Conference events  Co-sponsored meetings and events  On-line membership directory and regions  APF member message boards

9 APF Plenary Session at ASCP Meeting, Tampa

10 Why would APF be of interest to members of APC?  To fill the need for management education for residents  We at APF are dedicated to providing a resource for lab management education to residents and fellows

11 APF and Resident Management Education  We are content providers for the management questions on the RISE exam  Discounted membership and conference registration rates for resident/fellow members  Management topic poster opportunities  Opportunities to serve as members on APF committees  Eiler’s Scholarship

12 Eiler’s Scholarship  The APF’s Russell J. Eilers Resident Scholarship  Provides a yearly scholarship/stipend for resident attendance at our APF Annual Conference  Awarded to member residents who have a specific interest in the business and management of pathology  Application  Interested residents submit a letter of application and CV  Letter of recommendation from Department Chair or Program Director  Awardees are encouraged to further develop their business and management interests  APF committee membership

13 APF Lifetime Achievement Award James J. Navin, MD of Honolulu

14 APF Academic Institution Membership  Available to all ACGME accredited pathology training programs  Membership inclusive of:  Department Chair  Program Chair  Program Administrator  All interested full-time faculty members, residents, fellows

15 APF Academic Institution Membership  Two key contacts designated  Each will be a voting member of the Foundation  Each member will be listed individually within the APF Member Database  Will have all of the individual member benefits provided by APF

16 APF Academic Institution Membership  Pathology Residency Programs who are currently Academic Institution members:  University of Alabama at Birmingham  Thomas Jefferson University  Baystate Medical Center  Boston Children’s Hospital  University of Arkansas Medical Sciences  University of Vermont College of Medicine  Massachusetts General Hospital  University of Utah  University of Hawaii  Loma Linda University

17 Lab Management University  Developed in collaboration with PRODS group, APP, and ASCP  Created to fulfill management educational needs as expressed by the PRODS membership  We continue to value the input of APC/PRODS in future development of LMU  Initial work has been done to map the Lab Management University’s curriculum to the ACGME Lab Management Milestones to provide additional tools and resources for Pathology Residency Program Directors


19 Lab Management University  25 modules  Leadership  Personnel Management  Operations  Financial Management  Informatics  Compliance

20  Our Lab Management University 3324 total number of LMU Participants 839 total number of institutional participants [under the RISEPlus program] 30% of ASCP programs 34 number of available LMU modules 1685 total number of individual purchases [ 1266 Lab Professionals, 419 Pathologists] 800 total number of sample pack buyers [Lab Professionals] Over 300 Graduates!


22 Example of LMU Course  ASCP LMU website  U_OCS_2013_02_27/_assoc/story.html U_OCS_2013_02_27/_assoc/story.html

23 LMU Graduation 2014  Took place earlier this month at ASCP Meeting in Tampa  Certificate of Completion in Laboratory Management  To date:  318 LMU graduates  3324 enrolled in program  Includes 859 institutional enrollments (30% of ASCP residency programs) through RISE Plus

24 LMU Graduation 2014

25 APF Pathology Coding Handbook

26 PathConsulting


28 PathConsulting and APF at ASCP

29 PathConsulting at APC Meeting

30 APF Contact Information  Website:  Phone: (877) 

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