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Consumer Trend to Use Walk-In and Urgent Care Clinics Instead of Traditional Primary Care Offices Co

Tuesday, May 29, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Primary care is shifting from traditional office visits to urgent care and walk-in clinics even as large hospital groups continue to buy up independent physician practices, altering where and from whom clinical laboratories receive referrals and test orders

Medical test ordering and referrals from office-based physicians are the financial foundation of the clinical laboratory industry. Thus, recent trends reshaping how and where physicians practice medicine, and the ownership of their medical groups, could have both beneficial and adverse implications for medical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups.

Primary care doctors who own their own medical practices are disappearing from the healthcare landscape at an impressive rate, as large hospital groups expand their share of the primary care market. According to the New York Times(NYT), in 2010, large hospital groups employed 23% of the nation’s primary care physicians. By 2016, that number had increased to 43%.

However, office visits to primary care physicians fell by 18% between 2012 and 2016, according to a report by Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI). During the same period, visits to specialists rose 31%.

 

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