Today’s Physicians Prefer Employment; Days of Pathologists as Partners in Private Group Practices Are Numbered

Fewer office-based physicians practice as a partner or shareholder in their medical group

For decades, the clinical laboratory industry has relied on the medical lab test referrals of office-based physicians as its primary source of patient specimens and revenue. The dominant business model of office-based physicians during these decades has been that of physicians as partners in private practice groups or as shareholders in professional corporations.

Similarly, over the past four decades, the profession of pathology has been dominated by the business model of partner-pathologists in a private group practice or professional corporation. But evidence continues to accumulate that the heyday of private practice anatomic pathology is soon to end.