Bet­ter ap­proach

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

Dr. Mark Stoler, in his “At­tack of the pods” com­men­tary (Aug. 2, p. 24), has painted a fairly stark pic­ture of physi­cian of­fice lab­o­ra­to­ries as mar­ginal en­deav­ors, work­ing in a “Wild West-like,” poorly reg­u­lated en­vi­ron­ment to per­form sub­stan­dard work, all for the ben­e­fit of en­tre­pre­neur­ial physi­cians who have no in­ter­est in qual­ity pa­tient care. While some lab­o­ra­to­ries of this na­ture may ex­ist, we would ar­gue that when true pro­fes­sion­als work to­gether, a qual­ity ser­vice can be pro­vided in the physi­cian of­fice lab­o­ra­tory en­vi­ron­ment.

It is our opin­ion that or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety for Clin­i­cal Pathol­ogy and Col­lege of Amer­i­can Pathol­o­gists do a dis­ser­vice when they tar all physi­cian of­fice lab­o­ra­to­ries. In­ter­pro­fes­sional squab­bles do not pro­mote “best case” re­sults. A bet­ter ap­proach would be to work with the physi­cian of­fice lab­o­ra­to­ries to study what makes a lab­o­ra­tory of this na­ture pro­duce qual­ity out­comes.

Lester J. Raff Lab­o­ra­tory med­i­cal di­rec­tor UroPart­ners

Pres­i­dent Pathol­ogy As­so­ci­ates of North­ern Illi­nois

Richard Har­ris Man­ag­ing part­ner

UroPart­ners Westch­ester, Ill.

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