RE: [Histonet] CAP question on grossing

From:"Jesus Ellin"

This is great it is nice to know that we are not the only hospital with this issue.  This is something that the ASCP needs to address, and not only have the CLIA guideline.  Currently there are a lot of places were tech are asked to gross, so if this is a High Complexity testing, why is this not in the test to become a Histo tech.  Further more it seems that the hospital, research and private labs, not to mention the Dr's are benefitting from this.  I have to agree with Charles that you need to be paid for the service that you are doing, but what happens when management does not want to pay or they say show me or give me information on were salaries reflect this.  This brings us to several questions, were we need our state, national and peers to get together and figure out a solution.  There are already a huge shortage of tech, not to mention Pathologist Assistants and Pathologist.  I see the need to adapt to the environment that is being created, but not at the expense of the patient or quality of our work.  

Then why be a Pathologist Assistant if you can gross, do autopsies and be a histotech.?? There needs to be some sort of standard here.  I know that I am getting excited, but the fact of the matter is, We PAY dues to these societies and in recent all they have done is collect.  The time has come to get the ball rolling and get what we are due, whether it be titles, levels of competencies or pay, something need to be done.

Jesus Ellin
Yuma Regional Medical Center

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