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February 2022    Volume 3 Issue 2
Health Law Connections

Legal Issues with Physician Office Laboratories

AHLA thanks the leaders of the Physician Organizations Practice Group for contributing this feature article.
  • February 01, 2022
  • Adrienne Dresevic , The Health Law Partners PC
  • Adam M. Walters , Walters Law PC
  • Courtney M. White , Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Physician Office Laboratories

Physician Office Laboratories (POLs), or laboratories maintained by a physician or group of physicians for performing tests in connection with the physician(s) practice,1 are prevalent in the United States. It is estimated that POLs perform up to 11% percent of all non-hospital laboratory tests in the United States.2 Common laboratory tests that are performed in a POL include urinalysis, pregnancy, blood occult, blood count, strep, and cholesterol tests. In larger specialty practices, more advanced testing such as bone marrow biopsy may be performed.


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