Please note that you may have a skin biopsy done during your visit, or on subsequent visits, here at our office. The safe and standard practice of medicine is to send your skin specimen to a pathologist (a type of doctor) for interpretation. To keep in line with the standard of care, and because we have your health in our best interests, we must send the specimen to meet the high level of care you deserve. Your biopsy will be interpreted by a board certified dermatopathologist, who are physicians who specialize in microscopic diagnosis of skin disorders. The pathologist who evaluates your biopsy will issue a report to our office listing the microscopic findings along with a diagnosis. We customarily send specimens to the following pathology laboratories:
Compass Dermatopathology, Inc.
6605 Nancy Ridge
San Diego, CA 92121
Telephone: 858 900-2700
Billing Contact: Sasha Lepes, 858 900-2712
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Dermatopathology
1701 Divisadero Street. Room 280
San Francisco, CA 94115
Telephone: 800 497-0244
Special Billing Issues Liaison: Paco De Asis at 415 353-7270
305 Park Creek Drive
Clovis, Ca 93611
Telephone: 559 326-2800
There are many different insurance plans of varying coverage and complexities, so it is impossible for us to know the anticipated charges or coverage your particular plan will have with each pathology lab. Therefore, before your visit we highly recommend that you call your insurance company to see which of the above pathology groups is covered by your insurance, and what your anticipated cost will be for a pathology read of your skin specimen. This will avoid surprises and unexpected bills on your end. If you have a biopsy done during your visit, please let our staff know which pathology laboratory above (UCSF Dermatopathology or Pathology Associates) is preferred. If you do not specify which laboratory you would like us to use, by default we will generally use UCSF Dermatopathology.
You may be sent for blood work after visits at our office. If this occurs, you will be given a Quest Diagnostics lab order form. We recommend you call your insurance and confirm which local laboratory (Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp, Community Medical Center, St. Agnes, etc.) is covered before going for blood work. This will avoid surprises and unexpected bills on your end.
You may be sent for imaging (X-rays, CT scans, MRI's) after visits at our office. If this occurs, you will be given an imaging order form. We recommend you call your insurance and confirm which imaging facility (California Imaging, Advanced Medical Imaging, Community Medical Center, St. Agnes, etc.) is covered before going for your imaging test. This will avoid surprises and unexpected bills on your end.
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