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Fewer Doctors Going Solo

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More doctors are signing up to work for health companies, thanks to new regulations, changing payment models and expensive electronic records systems, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

 

Data from Accenture shows the number of independent doctors will decline to 33 percent in 2016,

down from 37 percent in 2013, according to the Sentinel. Fifteen years ago, the number was 57

percent.

 

Supporters of Accountable Care Organizations say these changes mean better integrated care for patients, according to the Sentinel. Opponents, including Florida members of the Association of Independent Doctors, trade group, told the Sentinel it means more expensive care and a weaker bond between doctors and patients.