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Doctor-Owned Centers Spark Criticism, Scrutiny

(Washington Post) Feb 28, 2011 - When Kenneth Baker found out he had prostate cancer, his urologist detailed his options: The 84-year-old was too old for surgery, but he could pick from two forms of radiation or simply wait to see if he really needed treatment.

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Howard Sandler, MD, MS, FASTRO (Posted: March 02, 2011)

quotesThis article in the Washington Post highlights an area of interest as we enter an era of health care reform. Specifically, does physician ownership of ancillary services lead to over-utilization of resources? Or, does physician ownership of these services provide easier and better access to care? While urology-ownership of radiotherapy treatment devices has gotten coverage in the lay press (NY Times and now Washington Post), this issue is somewhat generic and applies to imaging tests, such as CT or PET, or ambulatory surgery centers. See, for example, "Physician-ownership of Ambulatory Surgery Centers Linked to Higher Volume of Surgeries" (Hollingsworth JM, et al; Health Aff Millwood; 2010 Apr;29(4):683-9). One question, that I believe remains unanswered, is whether quality of care varies between physician-owned ancillary services and, say, nearby hospital-based services? quotes

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