When Physician Groups Sell Their Souls

For many years, hospital systems in our area did not like owning medical practices.  Now, a huge acquisition binge is taking place. Groups, both big and small, are getting bought by hospitals.

To increase their sale value, the groups try to stay together.  Restrictive covenants are the big tool.  The hospital will take over the job of enforcer if the purchase is finalized. That means doctors who want to leave the practice  must also leave town.  Otherwise, the doctor faces the deep pockets and large legal team of the hospital.All of this is kept kind of secret.  When patients call, looking for the missing doctor, things get really nasty and weird.

Many of you readers have described personal experiences such as in this cartoon.

Steven Mussey MD

Steven Mussey, M.D. is a physician in Internal Medicine, practicing in the Fredericksburg area for more than twenty years. He grew up in Springfield, Virginia and earned a degree in Physics from The University of Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his medical degree at The George Washington University and was inducted into the medical honor society AOA. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He served in the Air Force for four years before entering into private practice. He particularly enjoys geriatric medical care and working with complex patients. For almost a quarter century, he has been practicing with one other Internist. Both doctors enjoy practice in a small, but busy office, and plan on working into their 70s, as long as they can still find their way to the office. Dr. Mussey is also an avid cartoonist and has a weekly cartoon in the local newspaper. He also enjoys cartoon animation and has had several public service cartoons playing regularly on the television cable systems.

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3 Responses

  1. bbneo says:

    If you think you can, or you think you can’t… You are right.

  2. arthur gindin MD says:

    an OLD saying: you can’t fight city hall (add HOSPITALS)

  3. Rick says:

    Boy, when this happened to me, I thought I was the only one. This has certainly assuaged some of my long-standing bitterness. I probably should let it go.
    But I won’t. LOL

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