Healthcare Market Changes: What Indicates Trouble for ASCs?
Jessica Nantz: One of the most troubling signs is seeing an increasing number of physicians opting to sell their practices and become employed by hospitals and health systems. Employed physicians — which can include specialists and primary care physicians — refer patients to facilities affiliated with their employer, so unless the ASC is aligned with a hospital or health system, it is not likely to receive referrals from these employed physicians. As more physicians become employees, the number of available physicians to recruit to the ASC decreases.
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