by Adam Miramon, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
Published: Pathways Magazine, Summer 2014
Over the past century, the world has seen many advances in modern medicine as well as changes in the healthcare industry. Some of these advances include early cancer detection methods, treatment protocols for HIV, pharmaceutical research and development, and the acceptance of midwifery as a medical profession. The healthcare environment continues to grow and evolve with the advancement of medical specializations such as cardiology, internal medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, radiology, etc. One of the most notable and controversial changes to the healthcare industry in the past few years was the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. These are just a few of the evolutionary changes in the healthcare industry. What might be some changes we expect to see in the coming years?
Multi-specialty medical groups have existed in some form or another for approximately the past fifty years. Initially, these medical groups formed by adding professionals from other medical specialties such as family practice, lab work, psychiatry, neurology, oncology, internal medicine, radiology, etc. Many of these groups may have formed out of financial necessity or the need to provide certain services to their patients. Some of the large medical networks provide multiple medical specialties in the same office, building, or campus which adds to patient convenience. In fact, many physician’s offices in the metropolitan area have a laboratory and phlebotomist on staff for patient convenience, added income to the practice, and/or the ease of receiving laboratory results.