Ancillary Services Care

Ancillary services refer to the health care services provided exclusive of room and board. Ancillary Services plays such a pivotal role in the health industry, that Without it, medical practitioners would not be able to function effectively.

Ancillary services can be classified into two categories:

  • Diagnostic - Diagnostic services are a broad range of tests that are essential to the basic management of patient care, allowing physicians to detect disease earlier, make diagnoses, prescribe therapies, and monitor patient results.
  • Therapeutic - Therapeutic services are a broad range of health care services that help to restore or maintain a patient’s health.

Diagnostic/Therapeutic Examples:

Diagnostic Ancillary Services:

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Therapeutic Ancillary Services:
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Where Are They Located?:

Ancillary services are located mainly in three facilities: hospitals, medical offices and free-standing sites. The hospital pharmacy is a therapeutic ancillary service. If your physician checks the level of triglycerides in your blood in his office lab, he is using a diagnostic ancillary service. The third common place in which ancillary services are provided is a free-standing setting. A group of speech pathologists can operate an ancillary service practice in a medical office building. A pharmacy is the anchor service in a drug store.

The future of Ancillary Services:

Just like most Health care related entities there are downsides that effect a particular outcome. The main caveat with Ancillary Services is the high cost. Over the yeas many programs have been established to curtail this epidemic. Healthcare solutions in particular,is a program that is not just about delivering products at the lowest cost, but also providing the highest quality service and removing administrative burden from the process.