18 July 2013

Academy statement on GAO report on in-office pathology services

Washington, D.C. (July 18, 2013) —

Statement from Lisa A. Garner, MD, FAAD, vice president, American Academy of Dermatology Association

AADA concerned about GAO report on self-referring pathology services

The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) is deeply concerned about the findings announced in the recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on anatomic pathology services. The GAO found that self-referring physicians utilized these services at a higher rate than those who referred pathology services to an outside reference lab.

While the AADA believes there are some flaws in the methods used to produce the report, our leaders and members are committed to working to ensure that pathology services are utilized in the most appropriate and cost-effective manner.

Just this March, the AADA took a strong stance against certain inappropriate uses of dermatopathology services, and we will continue our strenuous work to promote the highest quality, most efficient care for our patients.

Recognizing the value that integration of care provides to our patients, the AADA also believes it is important to preserve the ability of dermatologists to read their own pathology slides consistent with their training and will work to ensure that right is exercised appropriately.