Making the Case for In-office Ancillary Services

New study weighs economic benefits of integration versus potential costs

Ashlen Anderson

Physician ownership of in-office ancillary services (IOAS), specifically in-office imaging and integrated physical therapy services, has been under scrutiny for several years. A new study published online in the journal Health Economics Review uses the example of orthopaedic surgeons to examine the tradeoffs associated with IOAS, particularly with regard to the benefits of integrating clinical services versus the potential for overutilization of certain IOAS.

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