PAI Report Much Cited In Media

The Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) recently released a report that updates a previously-released study conducted by Avalere Health that examined the continued growth in hospital acquisitions of physician practices and the trend toward physician employment.  The new study adds an additional year of data to the earlier study, which reviewed the period from mid-2012 to mid-2015.

Avalere researchers found that by mid-2016, hospitals acquired an additional 5,000 medical practices, and physician employment grew 11 percent from a year prior.  By 2016, 42 percent of physicians were employed, as compared to just one in four in 2012.  In a regional analysis, researchers found growth in hospital acquisitions of medical practices in every region of the country, ranging from 83 percent to 205 percent over the four-year period.

PAI is studying these trends as part of an ongoing research collaboration with Avalere Health in order to better understand how physician employment and consolidation in the health care system affects the practice of medicine and impacts spending by payers and patients.  Read the report.

North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) CEO Robert W. Seligson also serves as PAI President and was quoted extensively in national media about the results of the study. Here are links to some of the coverage.

Analysis Shows Hospital Ownership of Physician Practices Growing Rapidly, Medscape, 3-20-18

Rapid Rise in Hospital-Employed Physicians Raises Costs, Modern Healthcare, 3-16-18

Humana Rebrands Clinics Amid Doctor Buyout Wave, Forbes, 3-15-18

Hospitals employed 42% of physicians in 2016: 5 study findings, Becker’s Hospital Review, 3-15-18

No slowdown in consolidation trend: Hospitals acquire 5,000 independent practices in 1 year, FierceHealthcare, 3-15-18

Hospitals acquired 5K physician practices in 1-year period, Healthcare Dive, 3-14-18

Health systems acquire 5k independent practices during 2015-16, Becker’s ASC Review, 3-14-18


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