Independent Physicians Slow to Accept ACOs, Survey Finds

Independent physicians are less likely than their employed peers to believe accountable care will benefit their practice, according to athenahealth's 2013 Physician Sentiment Index.


Compared to employed physicians, independent physicians are:

•    16 percent less likely to believe accountable care will improve the quality of care
•    61 percent more likely to think shifting to accountable care will make it more difficult to get paid
•    43 percent more likely to believe ACO models will have a negative impact on profitability

In addition to their skepticism about ACOs, independent physicians are also more likely to believe the quality of medicine will decline in the next five years compared to their employed counterparts, according to the PSI.

The PSI data is based on survey responses from about 1,200 physicians.

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