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May 12, 2015

Physician Professionalism in Employed Practice

Author Affiliations
  • 1Palo Alto, California
JAMA. 2015;313(18):1817-1818. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.3742

The typical physician practice setting in the United States is changing. The model of the small, self-employed practice is giving way to employment of physicians by large medical groups, hospitals, health plans, and new entities such as accountable care organizations.1 This change has created concern about the ability of physicians in employed settings to engage in self-regulation, an important component of professionalism.2