The pros and cons of offering ancillary services
Abstract: Before deciding whether to offer ancillary services such as anesthesia or diagnostic testing, physicians need to answer two questions: First, will the services improve patient care? Second, are the physicians interested in, and willing to manage, the implementation of those services? This article suggests some factors for physicians to consider, including upfront costs, service support costs and regulatory issues. A sidebar lists several ancillary services a practice could offer, depending on its specialties and needs.