Doctors unite against healthcare consolidation trend

In Florida, at least 114 doctors have made the move from independent practice to hospitals since January, according to the Orlando Sentinel. "The number of independent doctors is shrinking, which is not a favorable dynamic for patients or for health-care costs," according to accountant Tommy Thomas. So independent physicians and business leaders in Central Florida are joining forces and creating a trade association that will voice their concerns to legislators, as well as help educate patients and lawmakers about the effects of hospitals acquiring physician practices. Article