July 8—Thirty-two percent of physician executives surveyed in a recent poll say costs rose after hospitals or health systems acquired a physician group or practice, while 5 percent indicated a cost decrease.

According to the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE), which administered the poll, several of the 459 executives who participated in the poll indicated they believed the increase in costs is temporary and that costs will decrease upon transitioning from volume-based to value-based payment models.

The poll results bring attention to the complexities surrounding physician integration, the ACPE said in a release.


Publication Date: Monday, July 08, 2013