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Why Hospitals Are Beating the Bushes for Primary-Care Doctors

Hospitals are again snapping up primary care physicians as they prepare to become accountable care organizations (ACOs), says Becker’s Hospital Review. To qualify for Medicare’s future shared-savings program, ACOs must include a strong primary-care component, so PCPs are essential to this strategy. The result will be to drive more primary-care doctors into hospitals’ arms in search of higher pay than they can earn in private practice. And that adds to the evidence that the days of small independent practices are numbered.