Can Healthcare Systems Fully Integrate After Acquiring Physician Practices?

A new Becker’s Hospital Review article reveals that many mergers between healthcare systems and physician practices do not work due to that fact that healthcare systems focus on the external aspects of a merger instead of the internal ones. Healthcare systems become “random collections of hospitals and physician groups” instead of integrated systems. Experts say part of the problem lies in the fact that healthcare leaders do not develop specific measures to make sure their integration efforts work. Some healthcare systems are even reporting that their business from physician groups has decreased since purchasing the group.

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