Why office-based labs for minimally-invasive surgery are increasingly popular with physicians and patients
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In a recent interview with Healthcare Finance’s executive editor Susan Morse, Lindsay Pack, Philips’ General Manager for Office-Based Labs and Hospital Solutions, looks at the difference between office-based labs (OBLs) and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and why an increasing number of physicians are choosing the OBL route to deliver image-guided minimally-invasive therapy to their patients. According to Lindsay, greater autonomy, simpler remuneration structures, and a more personalized patient experience are key elements in their decision-making.
“More and more physicians are willing to open these [OBL] centers on their own. There is an overwhelming interest to be able to do what they want to do in these centers. . . . I have multiple physicians who come out of research centers who are looking to open their own facility. They don't have to be part of the hospitals to do that.”
“There's a lot of conversation about recognizing the value these centers provide to economics. OBLs reduce overall cost of care to patients and insurers.”
A Philips office-based lab for minimally invasive interventional procedures.
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