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Accenture Says Physician Employment Trends Will Force Payers, Hospitals and Vendors to Revise Strategies

June 14, 2011

Doctors continue to sell off their practices and seek employment with hospitals and health systems, according to a survey by Accenture.

As physicians migrate from private practice to larger health systems, the new landscape will require health IT, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and payers to revise their business models, Accenture Health said.

At the same time, hospitals will need to determine how to retain and recruit the correct mix of physicians, especially in high-growth service lines, including cardiovascular care, orthopedics, cancer care and radiology. Patients will move to large health systems, as opposed to the current trend of visiting doctors in private, small practice settings.

According to Accenture, the rate of independent physicians being employed by health systems will grow by an annual five percent over three years. By 2013, less than one-third of physicians are expected to remain independent.

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