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Dr. David Eagle: Consolidated health care hurts New York patients

Hospitals are snapping up physician practices. Between 2019 and 2022, they acquired nearly 5,000 of them. More than half of doctors nationwide now work for hospitals and health systems. My colleagues and I do not want to capitulate to such hospital-driven consolidation, and we’re confident our patients don’t want more care driven into the hospital

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Leveraging Managed Service Organizations to Provide More Affordable, Personalized Cancer Care

As the cost of cancer treatment continues to rise for both patients and providers, independent clinicians are being forced to consolidate with larger health care systems to stay financially afloat. However, some clinicians believe this trend has negatively affected their ability to provide patients with timely, personalized care. To combat the rising costs and avoid

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Dr. George Dickstein: Don’t regulate independent physicians off map

Hospitals have been on a shopping spree. In the last two years, they’ve acquired nearly 3,000 physician practices, according to new research from the Physicians Advocacy Institute. Some physicians — myself included — prefer to remain independent. We have found that only in an independent setting can we deliver the kind of patient-centered care that drew

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Fending Off Extinction: 3 Ways To Take Your Physician Practice Back

As healthcare has evolved over time, so has the prevalence of private physician practices. What was once a common occurrence for patients—heading to the family-owned doctor’s office—has in many cases been replaced by the experience of seeking care at a network of physicians employed by large organizations. Read the full article at HealthLeaders

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Dr. Paul Berggreen: Independent physician practices are disappearing, and that’s bad for patients

Corporate juggernauts are coming to dominate the U.S. health care system. UnitedHealth now employs 10 percent of all physicians in the United States. Hospitals signed up more than 58,000 new physician employees and acquired nearly 5,000 private practices between 2019 and the end of 2021. Amazon and CVS are investing heavily in adding doctors to

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Advocacy Organization President: Private Practice Is Becoming a Niche

A new physician-led national advocacy organization seeks to empower independent medical practices during major consolidation among hospitals and payers. The American Independent Medical Practice Association (AIMPA) aims to level the playing field regarding reimbursement for independent practitioners and that of hospitals. AIMPA was launched in October of 2023 with approximately 4000 doctors and has since doubled its

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Dr. David Eagle: CMS Reimbursement Cuts Encourage Trend of Independent Physician Exodus

For independent doctors, 2024 began with a Medicare reimbursement pay cut of 3.4%, as legislation in both the House and Senate seeks to alleviate but not eradicate the reduction. Over the past 20 years, Medicare physician pay has plummeted by 26% when adjusted for inflation, while hospital reimbursement has surged by 70%, prompting over 100,000 doctors to abandon independent

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