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How Physician Employment Affects Hospitals, Patients
Health Leaders Media

With a struggling economy and imminent Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement cuts, physician practices nationwide are embracing employment at the hospitals and health systems they once eschewed. Doctors are being warmly welcomed by healthcare organizations eager to augment market share and leverage large numbers of employed physicians for payer rate negotiations. With growing numbers of physicians joining hospitals and health systems, how does the shift from independence affect the physician, the hospital, and the patient?