"When employed by hospitals, physicians lose autonomy and don’t have final say over individual patient care," said Richard Gunderman, M.D., Ph.D., of Indiana University, who will be speaking at AID’s conference in Orlando Nov. 5.
Doc employment doesn't boost hospital outcomes- and may hurt morale
FierceHealthcare | Sep 20, 2016 9:57am
By Zack Budryk
Physician employment by hospitals is on the rise but new research doesn't show much evidence that it improves care quality at those hospitals.
The research, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, analyzed patient satisfaction scores, lengths of stay and rates of mortality and 30-day readmissions for common conditions at 803 hospitals that adopted a physician-employment model.
When researchers compared these measures to those of 2,085 hospitals that didn’t operate under that model, they found no correlation between changing models and improved outcomes. The only measure showing significant improvement under the employment model was readmissions for pneumonia.
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