FW: [Histonet] Devasting news on 88305TC component--Where the $18 came from

Lester Raff MD LRaff <@t> uropartners.com
Tue Nov 6 13:19:46 CST 2012

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Subject: RE: [Histonet] Devasting news on 88305TC component--Where the
$18 came from

The $18.00 figure came from an article published in Archives of
Pathology and Lab Medicine: 

Pathology Economic Model Tool
A Novel Approach to Workflow and Budget Cost Analysis in an Anatomic
Pathology Laboratory
David Muirhead, BSc; Patricia Aoun, MD, MPH; Michael Powell, MS, FASHP;
Flemming Juncker, MBA; Jens Mollerup, MSc, PhD

(Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2010;134:1164-1169)

Thanks to Joe Plandowski of IOL for providing me with the reference.

Lester J. Raff, MD
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Thomas S.
Sent: Monday, November 05, 2012 3:01 PM
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Subject: [Histonet] Devasting news on 88305TC component

I wish there was a way to put a positive spin on this but  I can't think
of any. We can only hope it kills off client billing somehow.

Whomever the "stakeholder" was that told CMS a typical 88305 costs 18
bucks, I'd love to know how he/she came up with that number. It's
insultingly low.


I believe whoever it was had the goal to stop the proliferation of POLs.
Wouldn't surprise me if they worked for a large national lab that had
lost a lot of business to POLs.

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