What is a Medical OBL?

Office Based Laboratories

By Health Capital Consultants, LLC

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DEFINITION: OBLs, also known as office-based endovascular centers, access centers, or office interventional suites, are physician offices wherein a number of services are offered.

CITE: https://www.r2library.com/Resource/Title/0826102549

Similar to ASCs, OBLs can be single specialty or multi-specialty and can have a number of ownership structures. However, unlike ASCs, OBL procedures (because they are located in a physician office) are reimbursed under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

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OBLs are typically operated and utilized by vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, cardiologists, or other specialists, and services provided include: cardiovascular, endovascular, venous, and non-vascular services; cardiac procedures, such as diagnostic coronary angiograms, coronary stenting, electro physiology services; device implants, including pacemakers, defibrillators, loop recorders, and biventricular pacers; lower extremity endovascular revascularizations, such as chronic total occlusion and complex limb salvage procedures; renal and mesenteric revascularizations; and, subclavian stenting.23 Of these procedures, peripheral vascular intervention, cardiac services, and interventional radiology made up the majority of the OBL market share in 2019.

While slower to materialize than ASCs, OBLs have increased rapidly over the past few years, for reasons similar to ASCs, e.g., opportunities for physician ownership, the “expedient patient experience” and “favorable outpatient procedural reimbursement.”

In 2020, the global OBL market was valued at $9 billion. Similar to ASCs, an increasing focus on outpatient procedures (due to their cost-saving potential)

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DICTIONARY: https://www.amazon.com/Dictionary-Health-Insurance-Managed-Care/dp/0826149944/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1275315485&sr=1-4

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