I am not anti-big health system. I am not universally opposed to physicians becoming employed by big health systems. Sometimes, that is the best alternative.
But I am a big believer in the value of the independent physician practice.
You might argue that is naïve, my advocating the value of independent physician practices even before the dust settles on what the new rules will be. And maybe that is right, and maybe my judgment is clouded because independent physician practices just happen to be our clients who pay our bills, including my salary. Maybe so.
Yet while the contours of the restructured healthcare industry are still being shaped, there are some things we know and I happen to believe, with conviction mind you, that independent physician practices are needed and will be valuable.
Granted, this won’t be your grandfather’s independent practice. Nor your dad’s. Not even the one you had a couple of years ago. Or might still have even now. But in spite of the challenges – and they are many and large – I do believe there will be a critical and important role for independent physicians if you are willing to embrace it.
All that to say that what we are going to talk about here will be pretty narrowly focused on independent physicians. We’re not out to solve every challenge in healthcare, but we will attempt to tackle some that reside in this little corner the world.