Understanding Your Bill From The Lab

The Lab’s Role in Patient Care

From the first step of your dermatologist removing your sample, to the creation of a glass slide of your biopsy by our highly-trained lab technicians, to the examination of your skin under the microscope by a dermatopathologist, all the way to a diagnosis, we are working closely to ensure you are getting the most complete, integrated care.

As a patient of Forefront Dermatology you may receive separate charges resulting from the Forefront Laboratory. On your insurance Explanation of Benefits (EOB), you may see the name Forefront Dermatology.

Your bill may breakdown the services performed the following way:

Removing the Tissue

The charge for the removal and evaluation of the tissue by your dermatologist

Lab Charges

Technical Component (Shown as LAB TC)
The preparation of your tissue on a slide for evaluation. You will see the name of our Laboratory Medical Director, Kelli A. Hutchens, MD.1 on your billing statement. Dr. Hutchens oversees the process to ensure the quality and integrity of your skin sample.

Professional Component (Shown as LAB PC)2
The evaluation and diagnosis of the tissue slide by a pathologist, who are all medically licensed physicians with additional training and board certification in dermatopathology.


Global Charge (Shown as LAB GBL)3
Includes both the Professional and Technical Components in a single charge. This charge is equal to the sum of the TC and PC together.

Additional Charges or Bills4
On occasion, additional charges may occur if the dermatopathologist must order additional studies including immunohistochemical stains. Rarely, the dermatopathologist will seek additional review of your biopsy by another specialist outside of our lab. You will be notified and receive a separate bill from that physician.

Billing Graphic

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