Where Are the Referrals Going?
If you are an independent, self-employed physician and your referrals are drying up, it could be part of the growing trend of hospitals hiring their own doctors. Hospital-employed physicians are often asked to refer patients to in-house physicians, disrupting referral patterns that independent physicians have counted on for years.
Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic, with 25 physicians in 6 subspecialties, has thrived for 77 years in the Orlando area. But last year, "for the first time ever, we noticed a drop-off in business," said John W. McCutchen, MD, Jewett's former president and chairman of the board, who is now retired.
Read more here: Medscape Article - April 2013.pdf