Hospital TeamCare Announces Potential Drawbacks for Current Healthcare Trend

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In response to the implementation of the healthcare reform, hospitals are scrambling to hire physicians, prompting healthcare experts to question possible long-term effects this might cause in the industry.

Physician employment opportunities are sprouting up in hospitals across the nation. However, the New England Journal of Medicine, reported last month, that decisions made by physicians, in terms of employment, will bear repercussions for the practice and management of medicine, in the future.

“Hospitals' Race to Employ Physicians — The Logic Behind a Money-Losing Proposition,” by authors Robert Kocher, M.D., and Nikhil R. Sahni, B.S., also noted that, “physicians should be educated on economics of physician employment, and what hospitals will do to mitigate losses, before making employment decisions.”

It went on to say that, “physicians might initially feel sense of security from system reforms, however, performance management is more micromanaged than it was at one time.” So overall, choices physicians make today might not be adjustable tomorrow.”

“It is understandable that hospitals, as well as physicians, might see this as being a reasonable resolution in such an unpredictable time,” said James L. McLean, President of Hospital TeamCare West, “but there are other solutions out there, including the whole concept of physician outsourcing. Providers of physician services might be overlooking answers that would take that feeling of security they desire, to the next level.”


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