Why heart doctors are leaving practice to work for hospitals
Insecurity about falling insurance payments and the impact of impending health-care changes are driving droves of cardiologists—among the highest-paid doctors—to leave private practice and become hospital employees. The doctors are seeking to protect their income and get relief from the hassles of managing a business. Hospitals, meanwhile, want closer relationships with doctors as changes loom that will reward efficiency and care coordination both in and out of the hospital.
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