A recent poll conducted by the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) explored the costs of hospitals or health systems acquiring physician practices. The poll indicated that 32 percent of the 459 respondents said costs went up after acquisition while only 5 percent said costs decreased. The remaining respondents either weren’t sure (12%) remained the same (16%) or the situation was not applicable (35%). According to FierceHealth, several participants said the cost increase is temporary and will change once healthcare switches from a volume-based reimbursement model to one focused on value and quality of care.
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