[Histonet] Dermatopathology question....

Janice Mahoney jmahoney <@t> alegent.org
Thu Sep 27 12:27:04 CDT 2007

I find this topic very interesting.  I used to think that only
pathologists could read slides.  I'm no expert either but I do know that
most dermatologists read their own slides and send anything that is not
straight forward on to a cetified pathologist.  
I'm going to have to look up the CLIA requirements and educate myself.
I agree with Vinnie, I'd rather have a Pathologist diagnosing my

>>> "Della Speranza, Vinnie" <dellav <@t> musc.edu> 09/27/2007 8:34 AM >>>
Kim, I can't speak to this with authority but it occurs to me that
should the dermatology practice ever be sued by a patient who believes
his case was mishandled in someway, I imagine the attorney's would
a field day with a physician who is not board certified reading out
cases. If the individual is proficient, why isn't he/she boarded?

Secondly, I would worry that billing out medicare patients would
potential problems with CMS if the case was read out by someone who is
not boarded. I can't quote you chapter and verse of CMS regulations
it is impossible for me to believe that CMS is cool with paying
physicians who charge for services when they aren't board certified in
the specialty they are billing for.

The whole issue speaks to who is and is not "qualified" to read out
tissues and I would think one who is not board certified is not
qualified in the eyes of just about everyone.

Vinnie Della Speranza
Manager for Anatomic Pathology Services
165 Ashley Avenue  Suite 309
Charleston, South Carolina 29425
Tel: (843) 792-6353
Fax: (843) 792-8974
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Subject: [Histonet] Dermatopathology question....

Hi everyone,
  I work in a busy dermatology office.  We process our own histology
do Mohs.  We have 5 dermatologists and 3 P.A.'s. 1 of our
is a Board Certified Dermatopathologist.  My question is:
  Since we have a Dermatopathologist in house, can a dermatologist,
is fluent in reading slides, (but not a certified as a
dermatopathologist), read slides for another dermatologist (to help
up)? Are there any legalities that I should be aware of?
  Any help would be greatly appreciated.....thanks in advance....

Kim Tournear, HT (ASCP), QIHC ( ASCP)
  Specialists in Dermatology
  Histology/Mohs Supervisor
  Tucson, AZ

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