In Turf War Over Physicians’ Practices, Hospitals Are Winning By A Long Shot. But Insurers Are Clawing Back.
More insurers are becoming engaged with buying up physician practices as a way to control cost and stop the spread of hospital consolidation.
Reigniting The Physicians Arms Race, Insurers Are Buying Practices
In the turf war between hospitals and health insurers over physician practices, hospitals are winning by a long shot. But they'd be ill advised to get too comfortable. A slew of recent activity shows that insurers are clawing their way back, whether by outright purchases of medical practices or targeting outpatient facilities that employ doctors. (Livingston, 6/2)
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