The largest group of doctors in the United States has nearly 12,000 doctors, according to a new report from Definitive Healthcare.
The top 10 physician groups have more than 60,000 physicians in total, according to data from the healthcare analytics firm’s PhysicianGroupView product. The top 10 groups, by number of physicians, are:
1. Southern California Permanent Medical Group; Turnover: 11,998
2. The Permanent Medical Group; Turnover: 10,139
3. HCA Florida Health Physicians; Florida: 7,342
4. Doctors from the Mayo Clinic; MN: 5,375
5. Healthcare Partner APIs; NY: 5,042
6. Northwell Health Physician Partners; NY: 4,697
7. Ascension Medical Group; EN: 4,450
8. American Anesthesia Partners; Florida: 3,828
9. Geisinger Health Physicians; AP: 3,695
10. Hill Physicians Medical Group; Turnover: 3,587
There are many varieties of physician groups, ranging from large hospital or health system-affiliated groups to contract management groups (CMGs), to small physician-owned practices. Definitive Healthcare claims to track over 125,000 such groups.
In addition to hospitals/health systems, CMGs and individual physicians, these groups may also belong to private equity groups and insurers, as discussed earlier in a MedPage today investigation.
Over the past few decades, physicians have increasingly become employees rather than owners of independent practices. Last year, an American Medical Association survey found that the share of physicians in private practice fell below 50% for the first time since the biennial survey was established ten years ago.
Joseph Sellers, MD, president of the New York State Medical Society, previously stated MedPage today that the trend “has been going on for probably 40 years”.
“There has been a shift from physicians working in solo practice to group practices, to larger groups and to affiliated groups [with] or groups belonging to a health system, similar to the consolidation of our individual hospital hospitals into systems,” Sellers said at the time.
Doctors and health economics experts have already said MedPage today that consolidation, financial pressures, changing generational prospects, and the pandemic will continue to drive and accelerate the employment trend for physicians.
“The economics, the cost, the complexity of health care seem to be pushing consolidation more and more,” Sellers said earlier. “But as we do this consolidation…we have to make sure that we keep an eye on why we’re going into healthcare, and that’s to take care of patients.”