[Histonet] RE: The 2009 question for billing second opinions processing

Della Speranza, Vinnie dellav <@t> musc.edu
Fri Feb 13 10:34:10 CST 2009

Joyce, we are doing what you described. 
Patient pays for shipping if they are not going to hand carry their slides.

If we do recuts, we do so because we want a copy of the slides in our files (for our purposes and benefit) and the slides that are sent off sometimes do not return. In my view the patient is entitled to their slides (originals).

My remarks are not intended to convince anyone to adopt my mindset, just sharing what we do and why.

Vinnie Della Speranza
Manager for Anatomic Pathology Services
Medical University of South Carolina
165 Ashley Avenue  Suite 309
Charleston, South Carolina 29425
Tel: (843) 792-6353
Fax: (843) 792-8974

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From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Weems, Joyce
Sent: Friday, February 13, 2009 11:21 AM
To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: [Histonet] The 2009 question for billing second opinions processing

I know we have discussed this before, but in this new year and new
economic situation, I have been asked to check on this again. 
Regarding second opinions requested by patient or clinician, is anyone
charging a processing fee for this service? This is for cutting the
slides as well as the time it takes for prep. We do try to have the
physician or patient pay the shipping, but sometimes that doesn't happen
We do charge for cutting slides for legal cases, but that is all right
Thanks in advance. Have a good weekend everyone! j

Joyce Weems 
Pathology Manager 
Saint Joseph's Hospital 
5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE 
Atlanta, GA 30342 
678-843-7376 - Phone 
678-843-7831 - Fax 

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