Thank You Donors

shutterstock_109577882The 2014 Advocacy drive is going well so far.

We have had a small number of VERY GENEROUS donors so far.

But unfortunately those generous members only represent 3% of the ISP membership.

REALLY?  ONLY 3%?

That means 97% of ISP members have NOT donated to this advocacy event!  ….Yes 97% non-participation.

I KNOW we can do better than that!

Members ….take this quiz….

Do you do clinical component billing?

Do you care about your income?

Are you concerned about current and future attacks on your income?

If you answered YES to ANY of these questions…you should immediately provide a donation to this years advocacy drive.  It benefits YOU.  Don’t expect other pathologists to carry your obligation. Donate TODAY.

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Donation Tips

shutterstock_110693282There have been a few questions about donations…Here are some quick tips….

  1. Enter the AMOUNT of your donation on this page of the web site, BEFORE you click the donate button.
  2. You can confirm your donation amount when you get to the PayPal/Credit Card page.
  3. Remember…you can set up a monthly donation if you wish.  Just choose that option from this page!
  4. Honor wall updates will be based on your designated desire from the donation box.

Thanks for Helping the ISP help YOU!

 

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CIGNA – NEXT STEPS

ISP Takes Action

ISP will send a letter to Cigna on behalf of ISP describing the dispute, the inappropriateness of Cigna’s actions and a proposed resolution of the dispute.  It is hoped this will resolve the non-payment issue declared by CIGNA to be implemented March 14, 2014 for Illinois. ISP is not  demanding mediation or arbitration at this time and is not filing a complaint in court.

Balance Billing? 

It is our understanding that some groups may believe that if they are, or become, non-participating with Cigna, that they may be able to bill the patient directly.  We believe it is unwise to make any global assumptions as to the appropriateness of billing in the manner described above.  Non-participating providers that are considering to directly bill members need to do so after carefully considering the legal issues involved.

ISP Needs Support NOW

Please make a donation to ISP’s Advocacy efforts.
This legal action is going to need resources.

Donate NOW on the web site using the easy form on the TOP RIGHT column.

Yes, YOU need to contribute. 

The investment for YOUR FUTURE INCOME is worth it.

Do It NOW.  PLEASE.

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PLEASE NOTE: WHEN YOU GO TO MAKE A PAYMENT YOU WILL BE TAKEN TO THE PAY PAL SITE. You DO NOT NEED a paypal account.  When you make your donation by credit card, click on the link shown below (on the site, not on this posting)

This is what the pay pal site will look like:

paypal illustration

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CIGNA STOPS CP PAYMENTS

CIGNA DECIDES NOT TO PAY FOR PROFESSIONAL COMPONENT FOR CP STARTING MARCH 2014
CIGNA has sent a letter to select providers that effective March 2014 they will follow Medicare’s lead and only reimburse professional component clinical charges (appended with modifier 26) on appropriate codes designated by CMS.  Initial reports are that they intend for it to apply to all providers nationwide in and out of network. CIGNA has decided to approach this via a policy change as opposed to amending contracts unilaterally with providers.
ISP believes CIGNA does not have the right to enact this change. We believe we need to move forward to block this effort quickly.  We are contacting pathology groups and meeting with legal advisors.  As soon as details are available we will update you.

Eleni Bourtsos, MD
President
ILLINOIS SOCIETY OF PATHOLOGISTS

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