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At AAOS, Should Product Companies Fear Physician Employment?

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By some estimates, nearly half of all physicians in certain specialties are no longer independent practitioners, but work within some collaborative arrangement with hospitals as full-time employees. Cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons are leading the way, but orthopedic surgeons aren't far behind. In a session at this year's American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons meeting, entitled "Hospitals Buying Surgeon Group Practices: Passing Trend or New Paradigm?," surgeons, hospital executives, and consultants offered their thoughts as to where this trend might lead.

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