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Clinical and financial implications of second-opinion surgical pathology review.

Johnson SM, Samulski TD, O’Connor SM, et al. Am J Clin Pathol. 2021;Epub Mar 27.

Newly diagnosed cancer patients may request second opinions to confirm diagnosis, treatment, or prognosis. This study evaluated the pathology-specific reimbursement for cases originating at the primary site, a comprehensive cancer center, and cases originating at affiliate sites and referred to the cancer center for second opinions. Results confirmed that second opinions can reduce diagnostic errors and potentially lower costs of subsequent treatment; however, ways to improve the cost and process of receiving a second opinion should be explored.