The Tangled Hospital-Physician Relationship

Health Affairs Blog, online 9 May 2016
Authors: Jeff Goldsmith, Nathan Kaufman, and Lawton Burns
“Together, hospital and physician services account for more than half of national health spending. In its 2014 National Health Expenditures estimates, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ actuaries make the hospital (nearly $1 trillion) and physician practice (nearly $600 billion) sectors appear to be independent and non-overlapping. This is an optical illusion. Hospitals and physicians are, in day-to-day practice, hopelessly intertwined.”
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