Study: Urology groups order more prostate tests when they do their own lab work‎

The Wall Street Journal reports that according to a study published in the journal Health Affairs, doctors who work in urology groups that profit from tests for prostate cancer order more of them than doctors who send samples to independent laboratories.

According to the Journal, the study discovered that physicians who do their own lab work bill Medicare for analyzing 72% more prostate tissue samples per biopsy, but they detect fewer cases of cancer than ones who send specimens to other labs.

The Journal notes that Steven Schlossberg, MD, a Yale urologist who heads a health-policy panel for the American Urological Association and who didn’t take part in the research, said that urologists in larger group practices with their own pathologists may order more tests because they want to catch any sign of cancer early.

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1 Response to Study: Urology groups order more prostate tests when they do their own lab work‎

  1. phil says:

    SO, Steven Schlossberg, MD, a Yale urologist is suggesting that his colleagues aren’t concerned enough with cancer eh??

    I thought there was some law against MDs self-referring to PT clinics and such???

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