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October 2010

Inadequate Biopsy Technique and Specimen Size: An Alarming Trend That Compromises Patient Care and an Appeal to Our Clinical Colleagues

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Dermatology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio (Drs Sellheyer and Bergfeld); and Nelson Dermatopathology Associates, Atlanta, Georgia (Drs Sellheyer and Nelson).

Arch Dermatol. 2010;146(10):1180-1181. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2010.293

With changes in the delivery of health care in America looming, dermatologists may increase the number of patients they see per time unit and biopsies they perform in an attempt to balance declining reimbursement rates. In addition, roughly one-third of dermatologists employ physician extenders.1 While this is often done with the explanation of a shortage of dermatologists, it may be also motivated by the desire to increase revenues.

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