Autopsy Costs

1. Jason DR, Lantz PE, Preisser JS. A national survey of autopsy costs and workload. J Forensic Sci 1997;42:270-275. (The average fee for medicolegal autopsies was $518. Overall, no major premium was paid for Board qualification of the pathologists conducting the autopsy.)

2. O'Leary DS. Relating autopsy requirements to the contemporary accreditation process. 1996;120:763-766. (A plea to provide more funds for autopsy services.)

3. Chernof D. The role of managed health care organizations in autopsy reimbursement. Arch Pathol Lab Med 1996;120: 771-772. (Major public and commercial managed care and fee-for-service payers in Californiafailed to provide autopsy reimbursement.)

4. Trelstad RL, Amenta PS, Foran DJ, Smilow PC. The role of regional autopsy centers in the evaluation of covered deaths. Survey of opinions of US and Canadian chairs of pathology and major health insurers in the United States. Arch Pathol Lab Med 1996;120:753-758. (Most health insurers were disinterested in the autopsy as a measure of outcome and unwilling to provide support.)

5. Reid WA. Cost effectiveness of routine postmortem histology. J Clin Pathol 1987;40:459-461. (Suggests that unselected postmortem histology is, for diagnostic purposes, not cost-effective.)

6. McCarthy EF, Gebhardt F, Bhagavan BS. The frozen-section autopsy. Arch Pathol Lab Med 1981;105:494-496. (Use of frozen sections with the occasional supplementation with paraffin sections decreases costs and improves turnaround times.)

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