Concierge Medicine Increases in Popularity as More Consumers Opt for This Care Model; Will Clinical Laboratories Exploit This Business Opportunity?

Patients using a concierge medicine practice expect to pay cash at the time of service, but few medical laboratories are equipped to collect from patients at time of service One big challenge for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups is how to adapt to the changing role of the consumer in healthcare. It a major goal of healthcare policymakers to have patients pay more out of pocket for clinical care so as to motivate them to select hospitals, physicians, and clinical labs based...

Concierge Medicine Trend Continues and Creates New Clients for Clinical Pathology Laboratories

MDVIP and similar concierge medicine companies are attracting patients willing to pay for improved access to physicians Concern about healthcare reforms and lower reimbursement are motivating ever more physicians to consider practicing concierge medicine. This is a practice model where the patient will pay the physician an annual retainer in return for greater access and more personal attention from the physician. Pathologists and clinical laboratory managers may be surprised to learn that the...