First few Article Sentences
A few years ago it may have seemed that Private Practice was a thing of the past, that all physicians would eventually close up their practices and become hospital employed physicians, and many of them did. What wasn’t expected was how many physicians stuck it out and refused to follow the trend. Another surprise came a few years later when providers started leaving the hospitals and returning to private practice. In fact, in 2015 the AMA reported that 60.7% of physicians were employed by smaller practices consisting of 10 or fewer physicians. They also reported that in 2014 56.8% of physicians were employed by practices owned solely by physicians, with no hospital ownership of any kind. So what changed? Several factors seems to have caused this shift including: gender, age, job satisfaction, and work-life balance.