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Increasing physicians in hospital staff does not improve quality of care, US study suggests

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 21 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5133
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

The proportion of hospitals employing physicians in the United States has increased sharply, but the switch to the physician-employment model has not been associated with improved quality of care, a study has found.1

Researchers looked at quality measures in 803 hospitals that switched from the traditional hospital-physician business model, in which the hospitals and hospital staff physicians are largely independent of each other, to an arrangement in which at …

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