These are the largest groups of physicians in medicine today
The largest group of physicians in the United States has nearly 12,000 physicians, according to a new report from Definitive Healthcare.
The top 10 physician groups have more than 60,000 physicians in total, according to data from the healthcare analytics firm’s PhysicianGroupView product.
Definitive Healthcare has shared a long list of top 20 physician groups with MedPage today:
1. Southern California Permanent Medical Group; Turnover: 11,998
2. The Permanent Medical Group; Turnover: 10,139
3. HCA Florida Health Physicians; Florida: 7,342
4. Doctors from the Mayo Clinic; MN: 5,375
5. Healthcare Partner APIs; NY: 5,042
6. Northwell Health Physician Partners; NY: 4,697
7. Ascension Medical Group; EN: 4,450
8. American Anesthesia Partners; Florida: 3,828
9. Geisinger Health Physicians; AP: 3,695
10. Hill Physicians Medical Group; Turnover: 3,587
11. NYU Langone Health Physicians; NY: 3,584
12. Cleveland Clinic; OH: 3,511
13. Health Associates in Medicine; NY: 3,456
14. Doctors of Mount Sinai; NY: 3,359
15. Beaumont Health Physicians; IM: 3,110
16. Doctors of the University of Pittsburgh; AP: 3,077
17. Vitality; Turnover: 3,003
18. Massachusetts General Practitioners Organization; AM: 3,000
19. University of Penn Medical Group; AP: 2,835
20. University of Michigan Medical Group; IM: 2,780
There are many varieties of physician groups, ranging from large hospital or health system-affiliated groups to contract management groups (CMGs), to small physician-owned practices. Definitive Healthcare claims to track over 125,000 such groups.
In addition to hospitals/health systems, CMGs and individual physicians, these groups may also belong to private equity groups and insurers, as discussed earlier in a MedPage today investigation.
In recent decades, physicians have increasingly become employees rather than owners of independent practices. Last year, a survey by the American Medical Association found that the share of doctors in private practice had fallen below 50% for the first time since the biennial survey was established a decade ago.
Joseph Sellers, MD, president of the New York State Medical Society, previously stated MedPage today that the trend “has been going on for probably 40 years”.
“There has been a shift from physicians working in solo practice to group practices, to larger groups and to affiliated groups [with] or groups within a health system, similar to consolidating our individual hospital hospitals into systems,” Sellers said at the time.
Doctors and health economics experts have already said MedPage today that consolidation, financial pressures, changing generational prospects, and the pandemic will continue to drive and accelerate the employment trend for physicians.
“The economics, the cost, the complexity of health care seems to be pushing consolidation more and more,” Sellers said earlier. “But as we do this consolidation…we have to make sure that we keep an eye on why we’re going into healthcare, and that’s to take care of patients.”