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Joint Pathology Center Goes Digital; Signs Deals with Proscia, Huron

IT’S A MAJOR ENDORSEMENT of digital pathology and whole slide imaging. Last week, the federal government’s Joint Pathology Center announced agreements with two digital pathology companies. The goal is to digitize incoming slides and archived slides, support a digital pathology workflow, and make the digitized slides searchable to pathologists and researchers. The first agreement was announced on Oct. 20. The Joint Pathology Center …

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Proposed Medicare 2021 PFS Cuts Pathology Fees by 9%

IF THE PROPOSED MEDICARE 2012 PHYSICIAN FEE SCHEDULE (PFS) RULE—published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Aug. 4—takes effect as currently written, pathology professional fees will be cut by 9%, effective Jan. 1, 2021. This was not welcome news for the anatomic pathology profession. The proposed 9% cut to Medicare payment for pathology services is the result of CMS deciding …

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COVID-19 Changes Lab and Pathology Profession

WE ARE ENTERING THE SEVENTH MONTH OF THE SARS-COV-2 OUTBREAK and some public health authorities predict that new cases of COVID-19 will continue through the fall and into 2021. If true, this will not be auspicious for the nation’s clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups. The current clinical and business model of clinical laboratory and anatomic pathology operations …

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Details Emerge in KU Hospital Misdiagnosis by Pathology Chair

AFTER A PATIENT FILED A LAWSUIT against a pathologist at the University of Kansas Hospital for fraud and negligence in a case stemming from a misdiagnosis of cancer in 2015, details about a settlement in the case were sealed. Now, some details have come out. Last month, NPR station KCUR in Kansas City reported that …

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Pathology Groups Should Plan to Use Digital Pathology

WHEN AN ANATOMIC PATHOLOGY GROUP CONSIDERS IMPLEMENTING digital pathology and whole-slide imaging (WSI) for primary diagnosis, it must identify and understand a range of challenges and opportunities. “Every pathology group should start by considering how it will use the related technologies of a digital pathology (DP) system and whole-slide imaging,” said Liron Pantanowitz, MD, Vice …

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What Comes Next for the Pathology Profession?

IT MAY NOT BE A COINCIDENCE THAT MANY RECENT NEWS CYCLES have more negative pathology news than positive pathology news. After all, laboratory medicine is at the core of most clinical care delivered to patients, so it’s no coincidence that pathology—both clinical and anatomic—is a prime target for government and private payers, along with federal investigators. …

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Few Options for Pathology Groups Facing Anthem’s Payment Cuts

FACED WITH DEEP CUTS in payment for anatomic pathology professional component services from Anthem Inc., pathologist have only a few options in how they can respond, according to consultants who work with AP groups. “These are dire cuts to anatomic pathology reimbursement,” said one consultant who asked not to be named. He suggested that small …

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Is Pathology Workforce Stable or Shrinking?

CEO SUMMARY: After publishing research in JAMA Network Open showing a coming shortage of pathologists in the United States, the researchers heard from pathologists whose experience in the job market did not match what the researchers found. Anecdotal evidence indicates that the demand for pathologists may vary widely from region to region and in urban …

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FDA Clears Aperio’s Digital Pathology System

CEO SUMMARY: In May, the FDA announced clearance for Leica Biosystems to market its Aperio AT2 DX System for clinical diagnosis in the United States. The Aperio AT2 DX System is intended for in vitro diagnostic use as an aid to pathologists reviewing and interpreting digital images of surgical pathology slides prepared from formalin-fixed paraffin …

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