College of American Pathologists Responds to “Reader conversations with the College of American Pathologists” and Implications for Digital Pathology

| January 7, 2014

Editor’s note: I am not The Pathology Blawg nor is this site affiliated with, support or condone the actions of Pathology Forum which has this site embedded into its own.  The Digital Pathology Blog is not responsible for any content or information that may be misused on Pathology Forum.  As much as I might like to, little time exists to publish more than one blog. Thank you. Photos in post courtesy of Dr. Mark Wick.

My last post yesterday referenced a post on The Pathology Blawg that as of this morning has 27 comments, one of which I shared in my post.  At least there a couple of dozen pathologists having a dialogue about draconian changes to pathology practice.

1524904_1500056073553338_1017799653_nOddly, in my opinion, despite the anonymous conversations and anonymous post by an anonymous blogger, the president of the College of American Pathologists, Dr. Gene Herbek, responded to the comments, in part, by saying “The College of American Pathologists takes strong exception to the numerous errors in the post, “Reader Conversations with the College of American Pathologists” and Pathology Blawg readers need to know the facts. We regret the editor of the Pathology Blawg did not reach out to us, as he has in the past, to comment prior to the publication being issued. Any opinions offered by an unidentified CAP member and an anonymous “recent staff member” reflect their personal views and not the position of the CAP on any of the content contained in the CMS rulings, including the changes made to the 88342 code.”

His complete remarks are available here.

Unfortunately, the CAP response prepared for or by Dr. Herbek does not really deal with the College’s position in terms of the original comments made per immunohistochemistry (IHC) utilization by pathologists nor does he address whether pathologists should concern themselves with the actual costs of tests to provide quality services to our patients.

1530340_1500787283480217_730374183_nAs of this morning, there are 17 comments in response to Dr. Herbek’s comments. For a pathology blog this is Huffington Post-esque in terms of dialagoue.  The issue of declining reimbursements for the most common/highest volume anatomic pathology billing codes (88305 and 88342 – Rest in Peace) has struck a nerve here from the CAP and what appear to be a number of practicing pathologists, albeit, some commenting anonymously, but none the less making strong allegations about what the CAP has done, can do or will likely be able to do or not do in the future.  Sadly, the comments start out with criticisms of quality of pathology resident candidates, training programs, those who train residents and whether or not there is a surplus or deficit of pathologists.  How many pathologists are needed per capita?  Is there a glut or shortage?

In the course of this dialogue I found Kevin B. O’Reilly on Twitter @kboreilly Senior editor at CAP Today,  published by @Pathologists who covers laboratory medicine & management.

What does all this mean for digital pathology?  A lot actually.  I will write more about this in the days and weeks to come as I address the current state of digital pathology and business models in a new ecosystem for pathology and laboratory medicine.

 

Editor’s note: I am not The Pathology Blawg nor is this site affiliated with, support or condone the actions of Pathology Forum which has this site embedded into its own.  The Digital Pathology Blog is not responsible for any content or information that may be misused on Pathology Forum.  As much as I might like to, little time exists to publish more than one blog. Thank you. Photos in post courtesy of Dr. Mark Wick. 

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