New research from Rice University shows more physicians are contracting with hospitals through various agreements, but the shift to tighter physician-hospital integration is more complex than originally expected.
The researchers used American Hospital Association’s annual survey data, which included information from 4,727 hospitals reporting from 2008 to 2013. The paper is titled “The Integration and De-integration of Physicians and Hospitals Over Time” and deals with independent practice associations, open physician-hospital organizations, closed physician-hospital organizations and fully integrated organizations.
The researchers found:
1. The share of hospitals with physicians on salary rose from 44 percent to 55 percent of all facilities while looser forms of physician-hospital integration decreased in prominence.
2. There were 1,525 hospital integrations…