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Immediate Action Needed: Urge Governor Cuomo to Veto Legislation Undermining NY Self Referral Law

Monday, July 9, 2012

ASCP is urging the everyone in the New York laboratory community to help to defeat a bill enabling clinicians to self refer pathology and laboratory services.

On June 12, the New York Legislature approved legislation (S4660/A3551) to allow clinicians to bill for the pathology and laboratory services they order.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General has repeatedly warned that self referral arrangements can adversely affect patient health and safety.  ASCP strongly opposes the measure due to its potential adverse impact on patient care and quality laboratory practice.

The journal Health Affairs recently published several studies on the problems with self referral. One study noted that urologists bill for more pathology services when they can profit on the services they order (10.3 specimens v. 6 specimens).  Moreover, cancer detection rates for self referring urologists are much lower than for non-self referring urologists (21 percent v. 35 percent), suggesting that the incentive to profit on pathology services may play a role in decisions to biopsy patients.

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Not everyone gets ASCP e-advocacy alerts, please forward this message to your colleagues and urge them to write Governor Cuomo urging his veto of  this legislation.

ASCP urges members of the New York laboratory community to urge Governor Andrew Cuomo to veto the measure. Use the ASCP e-Advocacy Center to urge Governor Cuomo to veto this bill.

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