Can small primary care practices be better than large practices?
Researchers compares hospital admission rates for small versus large practices and here’s what they found.
- New research shows that small primary care practices have lower rates of preventable hospital admissions than larger practices.
- Practices with 1-2 physicians had 33 percent fewer preventable hospital admissions compared with practices with 10 to 19 physicians; practices with three to nine physicians had 27 percent fewer admissions.
- Researchers noted that long-standing assumptions have held that larger medical practices provide better care — in part, because they have more resources.
- Study authors suggest that small practices could have hard-to-measures perks such as better physician/patient relationships that contribute to their ability to keep patients healthy.
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