PAI and Avalere Health studied the trend of hospital and health systems' acquisitions of physician practices and physician employment between 2012 and 2015. The results show a significant increase in hospital-owned medical practices and physician employment during this three-year period. The number of physician practices owned by hospitals/healths systems rose 86% between 2012-2015, with 32,000 additional physician practices acquired. Hospital and health system employment of physicians also increased by over 50% during these three years.
The research also found that these trends were consistent in every region of the nation.
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