HCFO-Funded Study on Physician-Hospital Integration Featured in Health Policy Blog

Publication Date: 
November 23, 2015

In a piece in the Health Policy Blog on hospital ownership of physician practices, John Graham of the National Center for Policy Analysis featured findings from J. Michael McWilliams’s HCFO-funded study, which found that hospital acquisition of physician practices drives up costs. Graham noted that this is an important topic as physicians continue to reorganize themselves in new payment and delivery systems. In his ongoing HCFO-funded study, McWilliams and colleagues are estimating the impact of physician concentration, physician-hospital integration, and accountable care organization (ACOs) on prices paid for physician services.