RE: [Histonet] cap ihc info

From:"Horn, Hazel V"

Your right Glen and the same rules apply to special stains. 

Hazel Horn, HT/HTL (ASCP)
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Arkansas Children's Hospital
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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Dawson,
Sent: Friday, December 09, 2005 11:45 AM
To: Histonet
Subject: RE: [Histonet] cap ihc info


Just an Observation...Has anyone else ever wondered why we cannot charge
for IHC's on multiple blocks that are considered the "same" sample: eg.
A1, A2, A3, A4, A5 on a case where 3 IHC's are ordered on each block,
only 3 are billable although we are really performing 15.  Yet, when it
comes to negative controls, one must be run on each of the blocks
because they are seperate and distinct.

The end result of this madness is that, if you count the negative
control run on each of the blocks, although 20 IHC's are run for the
above case, only 3 are billable.  I find it strange that when it comes
to being able to bill for a case like this, the blocks are too much the
"same" to bill for all technical work done, but,when it comes to running
negatives (& lets face it, negatives are largely procedural and not
closely monitored by many pathologists), it is vital that one be run on
each block because they are not the same, although it is all just one,
big, happy specimen.  The IHC lab is lucky enough to take it in the
shorts on cases like this.

Ain't Life Grand,

Glen Dawson
Milwaukee, WI

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