In Pathology today, there is a developing interest in growing the practice of Clinical Pathology. Reductions in surgical and cytology payments, loss of outpatient business and other factors are driving this trend. Current, external, and unrelated forces including the need to manage hospital resources and to reduce laboratory dependent medical errors and costs, also favor the practice of clinical pathology. Developing or growing a clinical pathology practice that provides an economic benefit to the pathologist, and billing and collecting for these services is complex. A thorough understanding of many interrelated practice specific factors, knowledge of the hospitalís information systems and the right billing company is required. Many accepted methods for the reimbursement of clinical pathology are used and professional component billing is one method widely used throughout the country. The simultaneous use of a professional component and an active clinical pathology program is vital to maximize the practice opportunity. The event driven, patient specific tests and panel results, used in an active clinical pathology practice provide valuable, timely, and clinically significant interpretative reports and clinical consultations for patient care. The success of a clinical pathology program will be determined by many key issues including: Understanding Medicare/Medicaid and other applicable payer rules, policies, and guidelines; review of hospital and provider contracts; a through practice assessment; and a plan to phase in the Program. The pathologist needs to understand hospital and laboratory computer issues and the billing companyís software capabilities. The active participation of the pathologist in the development of the program is essential to its success. Building a clinical pathology practice requires a commitment to many important principles including the dedication of a clinical pathologist(s) to the practice, implementation, administration of the program, and to the changes in the science of Laboratory Medicine. Excellent medical staff and hospital relations facilitate the implementation of some key components. This article reviews all these topics and provides techniques and suggestions to assure success. More than ever, there is a growing need for clinical pathologists to provide valuable, timely, and clinically relevant information and recommendations that benefit patients, physicians, and hospitals. To seize this opportunity, and to expand or a build a clinical pathology practice, the pathologist needs to consider and review all these interrelated factors.




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