Referring patients for financial gain: Hospitals, not doctors, are the problem

A big blast of bad news emanated from Florida last month when Broward Health agreed to pay $70 million to settle a whistleblower case, in which the hospital system was charged with “improper financial relationships” with its own doctors. What Broward was doing, according to the lawsuit, was hiring independent…

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Hospitals gain referrals, patients suffer the consequences

A new Stanford University study finds that hospital ownership of a doctor’s practice “dramatically increases” the odds that the doctor will admit his patients there instead of at another hospital. I find this unsurprising. In a previous blog, I’ve maintained that hospitals are buying up private practices to increase internal…

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