Could Patient-Error Reports Cause Pathologists To Be Responsible for Other Providers’ Mistakes?

Who is responsible when a patient is misdiagnosed because the patient’s physician read a clinical laboratory test report incorrectly? Could clinical pathologists be held responsible for medical errors caused by other providers? That’s a possibility under a proposal from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). AHRQ is seeking approval for a prototype of a new reporting system for medical errors, AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., told The New York Times in a story...

Good News for Clinical Pathology Laboratories! CMS Will Not Enforce Physician-Signature Rule

CMS officials have instructed carriers not to enforce the physician signature rule for paper requisitions for medical laboratory tests Officials at the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will continue to delay enforcement of a rule requiring physician signatures on paper requisitions for medical laboratory tests. This is a positive development for all clinical laboratories and pathology groups in the United States. What is an even more important development is that this...
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