CAP and ASC Collaborate on Advancing Patient Care through Cytopathology



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-- WITH PHOTO -- TO HEALTH, MEDICAL, AND NATIONAL EDITORS:

CAP and ASC Collaborate on Advancing Patient Care through

Cytopathology

NORTHFIELD, Ill., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The

College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the American Society of

Cytopathology (ASC) announced today the signing of a memorandum of

understanding (MOU) to collaborate on initiatives to advance the

delivery of cytopathology services and improve patient care.

The non-exclusive collaboration will enhance the relationship between

the two organizations to advocate excellence in the practice of

pathology and laboratory medicine and improve standards and quality of

patient care. The agreement illustrates a united leadership on

activities critical to the specialty of cytopathology while allowing

each society to maintain its own identity and governance.

"The CAP and ASC have teamed in the past on initiatives to improve

patient testing," said CAP President Gene N. Herbek, MD, FCAP, and

medical director at Nebraska Methodist Health System in Omaha, Neb.

"The MOU with ASC will allow us to leverage our collective expertise

and resources to enhance patient care through educating our members,

developing guidelines to standardize testing, and advocating on state

and national legislative and regulatory issues."

As a recognized worldwide leader in laboratory medicine, the CAP

serves more than 18,000 board-certified physician pathologists. The

ASC is a distinguished professional organization of more than 3,000

physicians, cytotechnologists, and scientists who are dedicated to the

cytologic method of diagnostic pathology. The first well known and

widely utilized cytopathology test was the Pap smear, which is

considered to be the most successful cancer screening test in medical

history.

"Our increased collaboration with the CAP will help us to continue to

work together to improve test utilization and patient outcomes not

only here in the US, but worldwide," said Ritu, Nayar, MD, president

of ASC and professor of pathology and director of cytopathology at

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Ill.

"Our united efforts will allow both organizations to better serve our

members, the laboratory community, and patients."

Some of the initial projects under consideration include:

-- Sponsored courses offered at each organization's annual meeting

-- Joint support of women's health issues through the CAP Foundation's

See, Test & Treat@ program, to improve the level of patient engagement

with underserved women by providing free cervical and breast cancer

screening, diagnosis, and follow-up care in a single visit

-- Improved communication and collaboration for the development and

enhancement of the human papillomavirus (HPV) proficiency testing,

evidence-based guidelines, and patient-centered advocacy outreach

The CAP and the ASC have approved the MOU and formal collaboration

begins in April 2014.

About the College of American Pathologists As the leading organization

with more than 18,000 board-certified pathologists, the College of

American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the

public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of

pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. The CAP's Laboratory

Improvement Programs, initiated 65 years ago, currently has customers

in more than 100 countries, accrediting 7,600 laboratories and

providing proficiency testing to 20,000 laboratories worldwide. Find

more information about the CAP at cap.org. Follow CAP on Twitter:

@pathologists.

About the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC) The ASC, founded in

1951, is a distinguished national professional society of over 3000

physicians, cytotechnologists, and scientists who are dedicated to the

cytologic method of analysis and early diagnosis of benign,

precancerous and malignant processes at various body sites. The ASC

vision is "Saving Lives One Cell At A Time: Through Education,

Advocacy, Innovation and Teamwork". Additional information about the

ASC can be found on the internet at cytopathology.org and you can

follow us on Facebook as the American Society of Cytopathology and on

Twitter: @cytopathology.

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SOURCE College of American Pathologists

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/CONTACT: Julie Monzo, College of American Pathologists, 800-323-4040, ext. 7538, media@cap.org; or Elizabeth Jenkins, American Society of Cytopathology, 302-543-6583, bjenkins@cytopathology.org

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