Consultations & Autopsies

April 29th, 2011 by admin

Consultative Services (Slides sent to an outside facility or expert)

Some pathology cases are straight forward, others are not.  While we routinely have another pathologist in our group review our cases for certain diagnoses or case type, on rare occasion, it is necessary for our pathologists to ask for an opinion from an expert in the field.  In these cases, we will make every attempt to minimize any additional charge for these expert opinions, but occasionally the patient’s insurance company may be billed for this additional opinion, depending on the nature of the referral.   When a patient is referred to another facility for a definitive procedure, that facility often will request our slides to review.  In these cases, the billing arrangement is between the outside facility, the patient, and the insurance company, etc.  The goal is always to provide the most accurate diagnosis to assure the best treatment option possible.

Second Opinions (Biopsies performed elsewhere)

York Pathology Associates will gladly review your biopsy slides and render a diagnosis as a second (or third) opinion.  Insurance may or may not pay for this service, in which case the charge will become the responsibility of the patient.

Private Autopsies

The physicians of York Pathology Associates have been performing autopsies for York, Chester and Lancaster counties for over thirty five years.  We currently perform forensic autopsies for York and Chester counties, and we perform hospital autopsies for the hospitals we are contracted with.  County autopsies are paid for by the county handling the case, while hospital autopsies are paid for by either the family or the hospital, depending on the circumstances of the death. 

York Pathology Associates offers private autopsies for families of deceased who die outside of the jurisdiction of the county and outside one of our hospitals.  We accept most cases from outside counties (including North Carolina).  Transporation to and from our facility in Rock Hill is the responsibility of the family.  We also offer brain retrieval for shipment to one of several nationally recognized Brain Donor centers, which is sometimes done for deceased who have alzheimers or other neurodegenerative disorders.  The cases should be set up by the family and arranged well in advance of the death.  Our fee structure for these cases is outlined below, although occasionally the family requests a focused or limited autopsy which may reduce the published fee. By state law, all autopsy requests must be accompanied by an autopsy permit signed by the legal next of kin. Please call one of our pathologists at 803-329-6845 to discuss specifics if interested.

Private Full Autopsy:                                                $3000
Brain retrieval for referral:                                       $750

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