Hospital Appetite for Physician Practices is Waning

From the Association of Independent Doctors

The hospital buying binge may be over, at least when it comes to acquiring physician practices.

A new report from the Physicians Advocacy Institute shows that hospitals and health systems hit the brakes on practice acquisitions in 2016.

The 20-page report, National and Regional Changes in Physician Employment 2012-2016, is based on an analysis of physician practice ownership data conducted for the PAI by Avalere Health, a Washington-based health care consulting and market research firm.

The number of physicians employed by hospitals jumped 64 percent to 156,000 in January 2016 from July 2012, the report said. But from January 2016 through July 2016, that number slipped to 155,000.

Other numbers also more here.


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