BackTable / VI / Podcast / Episode #121
Office-Based Labs (OBLs) & What You Can Do in Them
with Dr. Mike Watts
Interventional Radiologist Dr. Mike Watts talks with us about which procedures are being safely performed in the OBL space, and the importance of patient selection.
BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2021, April 19). Ep. 121 – Office-Based Labs (OBLs) & What You Can Do in Them [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com
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Dr. Mike Watts
Dr. Mike Watts is an Interventional Radiologist with Atlantic Medical Imaging in New Jersey.
Dr. Michael Barraza
Dr. Michael Barraza is a practicing interventional radiologist (and all around great guy) with Radiology Associates in Baton Rouge, LA.
In this episode, Dr. Mike Watts joins Dr. Michael Barraza to discuss Office Based Labs (OBLs). We begin by explaining what an OBL is and how OBLs are different from Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC’s). Dr. Watts tells us about some of the advantages of working in an OBL, including reimbursement rates, patient access, and scheduling, and we talk about how the general patient experience is different.
Next, we give an overview of how to work with referring doctors at nearby hospitals and build relationships with departments outside of interventional radiology, such as oncology and urology. Dr. Watts shares the advantages of being a full-service IR group, and he tells us how he coordinates patient care between the OBL and hospitals when needed.
We also discuss how to expand an OBL practice to become a full-service IR group, how to make yourself valuable within an OBL, and how to participate in ongoing clinical studies. We end the episode with Dr. Watts telling us what is on the horizon for OBLs and what he would like to see in the future.
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