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Surgical Pathology

Tissue Pathology
 

Methodology: H&E Staining, Microscopy
Preferred specimens: Formalin-fixed, Paraffin-embedded tissue
Report available: Variable depending on complexity, most within 48 hours
Specimen comments:
 

GYN Cytology

Pap Test (ThinPrep)

Methodology: ThinPrep System
Preferred specimens: Cervical, vaginal, or anal sample in liquid based cytology container
Report available: Variable depending on complexity, most within 48 hours
Specimen comments: Add-on tests (HPV, CT/NG, etc) see clinical pathology tests. Follow ThinPrep Specimen Collection procedure (published by Hologic).
 

Non-GYN Cytology

Needle aspiration

Methodology:
Preferred specimens: Needle aspirations submitted in cytology fixative, smears
Report available: Most within 72 hours
Specimen comments:
 

Clinical Pathology

Chlamydia trachomatis / Neisseria gonorrohoeae

Methodology: DNA extraction followed by multiplex PCR and automated microcapillary electrophoresis
Preferred specimens: ThinPrep Liquid Pap container, site-directed swab preserved with PreserveCyt medium, voided urine, oral rinse
Report available: 48-72 hours
Specimen comments:

Group B Streptococcus

Methodology: DNA extraction followed by multiplex PCR and automated microcapillary electrophoresis
Preferred specimens: ThinPrep Liquid Pap container, site-directed swab preserved with PreserveCyt medium
Report available: 48-72 hours
Specimen comments:

Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1/2 Detection

Methodology: DNA extraction followed by multiplex PCR and automated microcapillary electrophoresis
Preferred specimens: ThinPrep Liquid Pap container, site-directed swab preserved with PreserveCyt medium, oral rinse
Report available: 48-72 hours
Specimen comments:

Human Papillomavirus Detection / Identification

Methodology: DNA extraction followed by multiplex PCR and automated microcapillary electrophoresis
Preferred specimens: ThinPrep Liquid Pap container, site-directed swab preserved with PreserveCyt medium, oral rinse
Report available: 48-72 hours
Specimen comments:

Vaginosis Diagnostic Panel

Methodology: DNA extraction followed by multiplex PCR and automated microcapillary electrophoresis
Preferred specimens: ThinPrep Liquid Pap container, site-directed swab preserved with PreserveCyt medium
Report available: 48-72 hours
Specimen comments: Trichomonas vaginalis, Gardnerella vaginalis, and Candida species detection by PCR


Ordering


Paper Requisition

  • Fill in patient information (A)
  • Fill in ordering physician information including office / surgery center site (B)
  • Provide relevant history and ICD9 codes (C)
  • Tissue description (surgical specimens only) (D)
  • Specify screening or diagnostic pap, order any additional tests required (E)
  • Label specimens with a minimum of 2 identifiers
  • Place specimens, requisition, and related documents in a bio-hazard bag

 

Web Order

  • Login to PracticeLink Orders
  • Select the appropriate order type
  • Provide as much detail as possible for each specimen container
  • Label specimens with 3x1 labels
  • Place specimens, requisition, and related documents in provided bio-hazard bag

EMR Order

  • Ordering method will vary by EMR vendor
  • Follow lab ordering prompts
  • Label specimen containers with printed labels
  • Place specimens, requisition, and related documents in provided bio-hazard bag

 

Specimen Transport


  • If your practice has been provided with a specimen lock-box and predetermined pickup secheudle, place specimens in the lock-box
  • For will-call pickups, please call 302.677.0000 and speak with our client relations team
  • Specimens may be shipped to DPS via UPS (account number will be provided)

 

Result Reporting


Fax

  • Final reports are distributed automatically to your office's fax machine
  • To request a faxed report, please call 302.677.0000

Web

  • Login to PracticeLink
  • New results will be displayed on the New Results screen
  • Historical results may be accessed using the Specimen Search feature
  • Automated alerts may be configured to email you when results are ready for viewing

EMR

  • Results are delivered to your EMR once they are available
  • To request results, please call 302.677.0000

Courier / Postal Service

  • Practices without electronic capabilities may request results sent to them via DPS courier services, or by mail
  • Results will be mailed to physicians responsible for the patient's care

 

Billing


  • Upon result availability, billing codes are electronically transmitted to our billing provider
  • The patient's health plan administrator will be billed using the information provided with the specimen
  • Ocasionally, we may encounter circumstances where we are unable to bill a patient's insurance satisfactoraily, and may contact your office or the patient to obtain additional information