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Pathologists in a value-based world



A pathologist examines  tissue for signs of cancerous cells while a surgeon (right) watches.

Herewith a look at the pathologist’s role as American healthcare moves to value-based care and reimbursement.

Like other specialties, pathologist must now focus more on the patient experience and look to eliminate unneeded costs.

As the introduction to a Hospitals & Health Networks Executive Dialogue noted:

Trying to better resolve pathologists’ disagreements




The Wall Street Journal reports on how new guidelines are helping pathologists resolve disagreements over diagnoses.

“Pathology specialists are trying to better define characteristics that determine diagnoses of cancer. Digital technology could help doctors share slides and interpret them more accurately.”

“For many years there have been no formal policies to resolve how to address varying pathologists’ opinions about a patient’s diagnosis. A panel of experts convened by the College of American Pathologists and the Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology issued new guidelines earlier this year, citing studies that show disagreements among pathologists and errors can happen in more than 10% of cases. They ask pathology labs to develop standard procedures to review cases and resolve disagreements, ideally before sending results back to referring doctors.”

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