Survival Skills For Independent Practices

Kathleen L. DeBruhl, JD

The Affordable Care Act charged healthcare providers to seek ways to integrate the delivery of health care for a patient. Several innovative ways to accomplish this goal were introduced that require hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare providers to work together.

As in the 1990s, hospitals responded by buying physician practices, employing physicians, and creating clinically and financially integrated organizations with the medical staff or community physicians. This flurry of activity, along with the uncertain economic and political times, has resulted in the erosion of the independent physician practice.

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