Report: Most hospitals plan to acquire practices

More than 50 percent of hospitals plan to acquire a physician practice this year, compared to 44 percent last year, according to a new worldwide survey from healthcare staffing company Jackson Healthcare. The 118 hospital administrators surveyed said the move is opportunistic, rather than strategic. Also driving their decision to acquire practices is the need to build, or maintain, a competitive advantage, and to attract physician recruits. According to Jackson Healthcare, family practice, general internal medicine, OB/GYN and other primary care lead the list of specific practices hospitals aim to acquire. – Read the full story at FierceHealthcare

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