Docs warned on 'divided loyalty'
With hospitals buying up medical practices around the country and seeking to make the most of their investment, the American Medical Association reached out to doctors this week to remind them that patient welfare must always come first and not be overridden by the economic interests of hospitals that now employ doctors in ever-growing numbers. "In any situation where the economic or other interests of the employer are in conflict with patient welfare, patient welfare must take priority," says a policy statement adopted by the association. "A physician's paramount responsibility is to his or her patients," the association said. At the same time, it added, a doctor ?owes a duty of loyalty to his or her employer," and "this divided loyalty can create conflicts of interest, such as financial incentives to over—or under—treat patients."
- Top Reason for Nurse Turnover: Managers
- CEO Exchange: Pressure is On to Partner, Drive Quality
- Interventional Radiology No Longer a Sub-Specialty
- Behind the CVS Health Rebranding Strategy
- How MA plans to re-enroll 450,000 residents in health insurance
- House OKs Cassidy's 'keep your plan' bill
- Medicare is pricier in unhealthy states, study says
- Mobile Health Screenings Come Under Scrutiny
- CMS Pitches Medicare Appeals Deal to Hospitals
- Strategically, Physicians Make Room for RNs