What Physician Specialties are Hospitals Planning to Acquire in 2013?

More than half of the nation's hospitals plan to acquire physician practices this year, according to a survey conducted by Jackson Healthcare.

In a survey of 118 hospital participants, 52 percent have acquisitions planned for this year, up from the 44 percent that acquired physician practices in 2012.

Here are hospitals' acquisition plans for 2013 broken down by specialty:

Family practice: 31 percent
Internal medicine: 22 percent
Primary care: 13 percent
Cardiology: 10 percent
Orthopedic surgery: 10 percent
Gastroenterology: 8 percent
General surgery: 8 percent
Urology: 8 percent
Obstetrics/gynecology: 7 percent
Oncology: 7 percent
Otolaryngology: 6 percent
Neurology: 5 percent
Nurse practitioner: 5 percent
Pulmonary medicine: 5 percent

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