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Exploring Practice Settings

Physicians have numerous practice options from which to choose.
These options vary depending on physician preference, specialty, geography, the specific patient population and the health care market dynamic between providers (e.g., a hospital) and payers.

To help ensure professional satisfaction and practice sustainability, the AMA provides a number of resources to assist physicians in understanding the current complex environment and in finding the medical practice setting that best meets their needs.

Practice Options for Physicians

This AMA resource gives a basic understanding of 4 common practice options with benefits and value of each option.

  • Owner of a solo practice
  • An equity owner of a group practice
  • An employee of a group practice, hospital, health care system
  • An employee of an academic institution

Choosing a Physician-led Integrated Health System

If you are trying to understand what a physician-led integrated health system is and whether it may be a good practice option for you, this AMA guide provides basic information and an easy roadmap to help you decide whether you want to join or align with one.

  • Types of physician-led integrated health systems
  • Tips for assessing the performance of a system
  • Checklists to help determine if an integrated system is the right fit
  • Alignment options for independent or small practices

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