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Established in 2019, the Panel of National Pathology Leaders (PNPL)
is a non-profit "think tank" dedicated to:

  • Advancing innovation in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

  • Creating practical business solutions

  • Developing innovative, value-based strategies

  • Sharing real-life stories of successes

  • Disseminating findings through white papers, webinars, and surveys

  • Providing targeted Highlights based on the specific interests of each member

  • Collaborating with a team of national advisors to share insights on best practices

who are the panelists?

PNPL's panelists are drawn from multiple stakeholder groups:

  • Pathologists serving on the Boards of national Pathology organizations

  • CEOs and COOs of the country's most innovative Pathology practices

  • Renowned Pathology consultants and attorneys, each with decades of experience

why join pnpl?

Membership offers opportunities for Pathology practices and Laboratories to interactively share and contribute their experiences through focus groups, networking teams, workshops, and surveys.

The benefits for Members include:

  • Linking Members, Panelists, and industry Advisors
  • Focus Groups on key topics, such as
    • Digital Pathology/AI
    • Diagnostic Medicine
    • Corporate Social Responsibility/Sustainability
  • Networking Teams, including
    • Practice Leadership Council
    • CFO/RCM Directors
    • Compliance Officers
    • Pathologists' Assistants
  • Members-only Reference Library containing hundreds of documents with detailed strategies and templates
  • PNPL's Book of Secrets
  • Time-sensitive Micro Highlights
  • Medicare database reports customized for each Member
  • Annual wRVU Pathologists' Productivity Report 
  • Original white papers, such as Non-Traditional Roles of Pathologists' Assistants 
  • Webinar series on current topics

What Makes PNPL Unique?

  • The only national “think tank” dedicated to Anatomic Pathology.

  • Access to the nation’s top experts – a group of panelists that includes Pathologists, practice CEOs/COOs, consultants, and attorneys. 

  • Opportunities for Pathology practices to interactively share and contribute their experiences through Focus Groups and Networking Teams. 

  • Extensive Members Reference Library with continuous updates.

  • Collaboration with professional organizations such as the American Association of Pathologists’ Assistants and Radiology Business Management Association. 

  • Topics that are timely, practicable, and value driven. 


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Did you know that laboratories consume more than 40% of energy on most university campuses, despite occupying only 20% of space? And that chemical fume hoods alone can consume as much energy as 3.5 homes? These are startling statistics that highlight the pressing need for change. In a recent presentation to PNPL’s Corporate Social Responsibility Focus Group, titled Greening the Laboratory: A Framework for Sustainability, Dr. Moira Larsen, Physician Executive Director at MedStar Medical Group Pathology, highlighted the crucial role laboratories play in fostering a healthier planet. By promoting appropriate test utilization, managing waste, reducing fuel consumption, and embracing sustainable procurement, labs can lead the way in our collective fight against climate change. To read more, check out our latest Micro Highlight on this topic: https://tinyurl.com/52aacdfs
#Sustainability #HealthcareTransformation #PNPL #CorporateSocialResponsibility #GreenLabs
PNPL’s latest Micro Highlight titled, A Tale of Two Cities: How to Boost Pathologist Income, offers a strategic blueprint for securing for hospital support by including performance-based Part A incentives and demonstrating the value added by pathologists to their hospital. From custom time studies to educating stakeholders, key components ensure alignment with hospital priorities and foster a culture of efficiency and innovation. Learn how to negotiate effectively, maximize reimbursements, and reinvest income for strategic expansion and innovation. To read more: https://tinyurl.com/3m6z6ajp
#HealthcareStrategy #ValueBasedCare #PNPL
Check out our most recent Micro Highlight titled, Using PNPL’s 2024 Report on Medicare Reimbursement Rates to Navigate in a Competitive Job Market, where PNPL illuminates critical insights for practices seeking to recruit and retain pathologists amidst competition. The report reveals a significant disparity in Medicare reimbursements for top Anatomic Pathology CPT codes across various regions in the U.S. In this dynamic landscape, understanding and leveraging these insights are essential for navigating recruitment and retention challenges effectively. Read more here: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/f9e8fuwxjjh1wivnnsog3/Micro-Highlight-17-PNPL-Report-on-2024-Medicare-Reimbursement-Rates.pdf?rlkey=5opoph81wxaqji8odo4d2jev8&dl=0

#MedicareRates #Pathology #HealthcareInsights #PNPL
We are pleased to announce a presentation by Robert Tessier, co-founder of the Panel of National Pathology Leaders, and Al Sirmon, a lead consultant for Pathology Practice Advisors, at this year’s Executive War College. Their talk, titled “What’s New in Pathologist Productivity and Compensation Plus Boosting Profitability through Effective Negotiations with Hospitals and Payers” will be presented during the conference in New Orleans, which runs from April 30 – May 1, 2024. If you haven’t already registered for this must-attend conference, we encourage you to do so now. Hope to see you in NOLA! Check out the link if you want to learn more: http://tinyurl.com/2rhj5t25

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“PNPL provides real-time value to critical issues in healthcare/laboratory. I appreciate their coverage of relevant topics far enough in advance of changes being enacted, allowing more opportunity to act in our ever-evolving, complex businesses.”

James Deluca
John Stokes, Chief Financial Officer
Dallas, TX

“The PNPL library contents and access to the PNPL membership have been invaluable resources as we navigate challenges around topics such as recruiting, hospital contract negotiations, insurer contracting as it relates to professional charges on clinical pathology work, and the implementation of digital pathology.”

Sam Dean
Kim Ginevan, MD, Assistant Managing Director
Spectrum Healthcare Partners
Portland, ME
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“After Joining PNPL, our pathology group in Arizona (one of the largest in the nation) found expert advice on billing, coding and digital pathology, as well as suggestions and support for our negotiations with United Healthcare. The PNPL team is full of experts in the pathology space who are sharing best practices, tools and templates that allow for knowledge in the industry. I highly recommend joining this think tank and look forward to continuing our relationship.”

Lucy Crowe
Sarina Rodriques, Chief Operating Officer
Pathology Specialists of Arizona
Phoenix, AZ
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“Membership in PNPL has been extraordinarily valuable to PDPA by connecting us to a diverse group of thought leaders involved in the business of pathology and providing access to a curated reference library which has been very helpful in informing our decision making. We look forward to continuing our participation in PNPL.”

Farrah Lynch
Tarek Bishara, MD, President
Pee Dee Pathology Associates
Florence, SC
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“I value the access and information exchange with highly experienced and successful professionals in the pathology space.”

Jennifer Pinasco, MHA, Chief Executive Officer
Yosemite Pathology | Precision Pathology
Modesto, CA
Design Director
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“Membership in PNPL offers IU the ability to see the pathology field as a whole, rather than looking solely through the academic lens. The interaction with PNPL’s private practice groups allows me to understand their ‘pain points.’ Since our academic group includes community practices at the outlying hospitals, we too are feeling some of the same pain. Access to benchmarks from both academic and private practices has also been invaluable as I address issues on the academic side.”

Andrea Ligler, MBA, Vice Chair Clinical and Academic Administration
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN
Design Director
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