[Histonet] Re: Histonet Digest, Vol 41, Issue 5


Stacy McLaughlin asks: 
>>I'd like to know how many of you have your pathology reports bound into "book form". Is there a requirement to do this?<<
Everybody used to do this, but in locum tenens coverage of numerous practices, I don't think I've seen it done in the last 20 years. Bookbinding has become extremely expensive. I have never heard of a regulatory requirement for it, past or present, though the paper-pushers are ever searching for new ways to waste other people's time and money.
I still commonly see looseleaf notebooks, file cabinets, and file folders holding reports for many years back. Now that hospitals are going to scanning of reports with storage on disks or other electronic media, I'd think that was the way to go with old reports, though the time you'd need to scan in 10 or 20 years' reports would be non-trivial.
Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Knoxville TN
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