The Erosion of Physician Independence

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

First published on 6/13/11 on Health Populi

Doctors won’t be celebrating Independence Day on July 4th — at least when it comes to their professional practices. The days of the cottage industry physician are dwindling as more doctors are losing their independence, instead opting for employment.

There are several reasons for physicians’ exodus from private practice: these include increasing administrative burdens, economies of scale for adopting information and communications technology, security in uncertain futures around reimbursement, and that all-important work-life balance. Accenturepoints out these trends in a summary report, Clinical Transformation: Dramatic Changes as Physician Employment Grows.

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