Querying providers on pathology results after the patient has been discharged - is it ethical?
I recently sent a query to one of our surgeons related to the pathologist's findings on the surgical sample he had sent from the kidney mass he had resected. The pathology results were not available before the patient was discharged and so the surgeon did not have this information during the inpatient admission. Many providers at the medical facility where I work are concerned when answering this query because they feel they are being asked to attest to something they didn't have timely (during the inpatient admission) knowledge of.
Have other providers, CDIs and coders run into this situation and what was the education you shared with the provider? Thank you!
Judi Gill, RN, BSN, CCDS