Laboratory Economics' Anatomic Pathology & Clinical Lab Survey
1.

Describe your anatomic pathology group/laboratory. 

Hospital-based pathology group
Academic medical center
Local independent pathology group/laboratory
National pathology/commercial lab company
Hospital-based outreach lab
Physician office lab
Other  
2.

How fast (in percentage growth) is your Anatomic Pathology test volume growing this year? 

 

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3.

How fast (in percentage growth) is your clinical lab test volume growing this year? 

 

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How fast (in percentage growth) is your Pap testing volume growing this year? 

 

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5.

In which subspecialty is your pathology group/laboratory seeing its fastest growth? 

Surgical pathology
Cytopathology
Dermatopathology
Hematopathology
Urological pathology
Gastrointestinal pathology
Molecular diagnostics
Routine clinical lab
Other  
6.

Has your pathology group/laboratory lost business in the past year because a physician group client (urologists, gastroenterologists, dermatologists, et al.) created its own in-office histology lab? 

Yes, we lost some business
No, the insourcing trend is over
7.

Have private health insurance plans (Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, United, et al.) lowered their clinical lab test rates as a result of lower rates on Medicare's CLFS? 

We have seen little change in rates
Private insurance rates have been lowered
Private insurance rates have beed increased
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8.

What are the 3 biggest challenges that pathology groups and labs will face over the next 5 years (please select top 3 answers)? 

Declining reimbursement
Competition from large commercial labs
Specialty physician groups insourcing pathology
Pathologist shortages/retiring pathologists
Technical staff shortages
Exclusion from managed care contracts
Increased expenses for information technology
Difficulty/expense of adding new molecular diagnostics to test menu
Increased utilization management/prior authorization requirements
Other  
9.

Does your pathology group/laboratory use digital pathology to analyze patient slides? 

Yes
No
No, but plan to add within 12 months
10.
What do you use digital pathology for?
HER2 scoring
Education and/or training
Second opinions and consultantions
ER/PR scoring
Primary clinical diagnosis
Archiving specimens
Contract research for clinical trials
Photography of autopsies
Not applicable. We do not have digital pathology.
Other  
11.

Please provide your comments on important business trends in anatomic pathology and/or clinical lab testing: 

 

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12.

Please provide your email address so that we can send you compiled survey results. 

 

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