Study finds 'significant' number of physicians leaving private practice

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The Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) has released a "Physician Practice Acquisition Study: National and Regional Employment Changes" that was conducted by Avalere Health that “confirms a significant, nationwide increase in the number of physicians leaving private practice and entering into employment arrangements with hospitals and health systems.”

PAI says that the research found that between 2012-2015…
– The number of practices owned by hospitals and health systems rose nearly 90 percent 
– One of out every four practices was owned by a hospital or health system, up from one in seven in 2012
– 38 percent of U.S. physicians were employed by hospital or health systems, up from one in four in 2012
– This rise in physician employment and growth in physician practice acquisitions occurred in every region of the country 
The Avalere study is “part of PAI’s ongoing effort to “examine the impact that various marketplace forces and private and public sector policies have on physicians and patients.”
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