Despite appearances that physician practices and hospitals are independent, experts believe that this is not the case. According to an article in the Health Affairs Blog, doctors and hospitals are intertwined in day-to-day practice, and this can cause financial pressure for health systems and hospitals.
Hospitals depend on doctors for specialist referrals and patient admissions. On the other hand, physicians are increasingly relying on hospital systems for security and income. The primary care doctor base in a community is imperative to hospitals, which will face increased challenges as they continue to hire physicians at a time in which revenues are seeing minimal growth.
These findings were published in the Health Affairs Blog on May 9, 2016.