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  Determination of Appropriate
  Clinical and Anatomical Laboratory




The College of American Pathologists holds that the best interests of patients require that a physician member of the provider team direct the course of the diagnostic and therapeutic care of the patient and that a physician determine appropriate clinical and anatomic laboratory services.

The College also holds that each individual pathologist or pathology group should make its own determination of whether to receive requests for diagnostic laboratory studies from non-physicians based on applicable state law, medical staff bylaws, and other relevant considerations.

Revision History

Reaffirmed March 1990
Reaffirmed February 1993
Reaffirmed February 1996
Reaffirmed February 1999
Reaffirmed February 2002




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