reporting stains (billing inquiry)

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Marg Hagerty quotes me and asks:

>><<I think that present day practice really requires explicit reporting of

special stains in surgical pathology reports. >>

Thanks Bob for the info and the link. When you say "requires", do you think

it is also required for special stains other than immunos? If so does anyone

know who requires? <<

I think it's required for special stains as well as immune stains. I'm not
sure who requires what - there seems to be a good bit of controversy.

When the subject came up a few years ago, it seemed like a reasonable
requirement, and I added it to my reports. (I can do that more easily than
some pathologists, since I don't go into "status dictatus" - foot on the
treadle, mouth on full speed, brain turned off - as some of my colleagues
appear to do when they sign out in the morning.)

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Knoxville TN

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