Can physician-led ACOs keep physicians independent?

February 19, 2015

Katie Bo Williams - HealthcareDIVE

The country doctor with his black leather bag may be becoming the purview of the nostalgic, up there with Route 66 and RC Colas, but in Texas the independent physician is alive and well. While on the national scale, the percentage of US physicians who practice outside of a hospital or large group plummeted from 57% in 2010 to 39% in 2012, about 60% of Texas physicians practice independently. It's an important part of the state's cultural identity, what Merritt Hawkins senior VP Travis Singleton called the state's "independent DNA."

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