More than half of U.S. cardiology practices have moved to integrate with hospital systems or are in the midst of doing so, according to a survey from MedAxiom. Fifty-three percent of cardiology groups have completed the process, up from less than 20% in 2010, with an additional 14% working to integrate with a health system. Only 3% of respondents say they will never consider joining a hospital system. The trend means fewer choices for patients, but providers gain negotiation power with payers, Beth Kassab writes.
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