The role of pathologists is not clear in the proposed Medicare Shared Savings program for accountable care organizations, and the American Society for Clinical Pathology is asking for clarity.

More than that, the society in a comment letter on the proposed rule wants the definition of eligible physicians expanded to include diagnostic medical specialists. "The pathologists and laboratory professionals that staff our nation's laboratories represent the core of the diagnostic wing of the ACO, which is critical to prompt and efficacious patient diagnosis and treatment," according to the letter. "We note that three laboratory tests are performed for every imaging study."

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