From:"Horn, Hazel V"

Our reqs have 2 dates on them.   The date we received the specimen and the
date it was collected.   The date of service is really the original date of
collection, not when we receive the test.    At least that is my

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Weems, Joyce []
> Sent:	Wednesday, February 12, 2003 4:40 PM
> To:	'Histonet'
> Subject:	DOS
> Regarding the new regulation about date of service for pathology
> specimens,
> what do you count as the date of collection for a new specimen being
> accessioned?
> I am asking this because outpatients are registered for the date their
> specimen is collected, which very often is a date prior to receipt of the
> specimen. This dates crosses to the laboratory computer system. If we
> accession the specimen with the collect date and make the DOS as the
> accession date for us, the hospital computer system sees that as an error
> and kicks out the charge. 
> The new regulation about the DOS for pathology is confusing, but I
> interpret
> it to have been established for cases that are months or years old, in
> which
> additional testing (e.g. Her2Neu) is being performed. 
> If this makes sense to anyone, can you please tell me how you interpret
> the
> regulation? :>)
> Thanks, j
> Joyce Weems
> Pathology Manager
> Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta
> 404-851-7376
> 404-851-7831 - fax

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