Professional component billing is endorsed by the College, American Pathology Foundation, and American Medical Association. CAP and AMA officials testified at the Palmetto trial that PC-CP services include the following:
ensuring that tests, examinations, and procedures are properly performed, recorded, and reported;
interacting with members of the medical staff about laboratory operations, quality, and test availability;
designing protocols and establishing parameters for performances of clinical testing;
recommending followup diagnostic tests, when appropriate;
supervising laboratory technicians and advising technicians about aberrant results;
selecting, evaluating, and validating test methods;
directing, performing, and evaluating quality assurance and control procedures;
evaluating clinical laboratory data and establishing a process for reviewing test results before patient reports are issued; and
ensuring the hospital laboratory’s compliance with state licensure laws, Me icare conditions, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization standards, and the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program and federal standards.
Anne Paxton is a writer in Seattle.