Hospital employment not correlated with improving care: 4 highlights

Practice Management

A Boston-based Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health study found while physician employment is increasing, this trend may not improve patient care, according to Medical Xpress.

Here are four highlights:


1. In 2003, 29 percent of hospitals employed physicians.


2. The figure increased to 42 percent by 2012.


3. Researchers did not note a correlation between switching to an employment model and improvements in any four composite quality metrics up to two years after conversion.


4. The researchers wrote, "During the past decade, hospitals have increasingly become employers of physicians. The study's findings suggest that physician employment alone probably is not a sufficient tool for improving hospital care."


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