Physician-owned practices that switch to ownership by a hospital, health care system or insurance company do not become significantly less responsive to patient concerns, according to an AHRQ-funded study in Health Services Research. Researchers collected data from three nationally representative surveys of about 900 physician organizations. Forty-minute interviews were conducted with medical directors, presidents or chief executive officers. The study found that ownership transitions may, in fact, modestly increase practices’ responsiveness to patient concerns. Researchers concluded the findings may have important implications related to implementation of the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015, which established value-based payment incentives and quality of care targets. This research was funded by AHRQ’s Comparative Health System Performance Initiative, which studies how health care delivery systems promote evidence-based practices and patient-centered outcomes research in delivering care. Access the abstract.
Health Serv Res. 2017 Nov 16. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12804. [Epub ahead of print]
Physician Practice Transitions to System Ownership Do Not Result in Diminished Practice Responsiveness to Patients.
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Health care systems; independent physicians; ownership; patient complaints; patient responsiveness