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Consolidation of US Physician Practices Continues to Surge

Nicola M. Parry | Medscape | September 7, 2016

The trend toward consolidation of physician practices in recent decades is accelerating, according to results of a new study published online September 7 in Health Affairs. "The proportion of physicians in groups of nine or fewer dropped from 40.1 percent in 2013 to 35.3 percent in 2015, while the proportion of those in groups of one hundred or more increased from 29.6 percent to 35.1 percent during the same time period," David B. Muhlestein, PhD, JD, and Nathan J. Smith, PhD, from Leavitt Partners, Salt Lake City, Utah, write. "Primary care physicians have made this change at a much faster pace than specialists have"...

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Is the Technology Gap the Reason Why Medical Errors are the 3rd Leading Cause of Death in the US?

Hardly a day goes by without some new revelation of an information technology (IT) mess in the United States that seems like an endless round of the old radio show joke contest, “Can You Top This” except that increasingly the joke is on us. From nuclear weapons updated with floppy disks, to critical financial systems in the Department of the Treasury that run on assembler language code (a computer language initially used in the 1950s and typically tied to the hardware for which it was developed), to medical systems that cannot exchange patient records leading to a large number of needless deaths from medical errors.

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