Kaiser Health News: When The Hospital Is Boss, That’s Where Doctors’ Patients Go

Kaiser Health News staff writer Jay Hancock reports: "Why did hospitals binge-buy doctor practices in recent years? To improve care coordination, lower costs and upgrade patient experiences, say hospitals. To raise costs, gain pricing power and steer patient referrals, say skeptics. Researchers at Stanford University tested those opposing arguments by comparing referral patterns between independent doctors and those working for hospitals."






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