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August 7, 1954

THE BUSINESS SIDE OF GROUP PRACTICE

JAMA. 1954;155(15):1371-1372. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.73690330008028

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Abstract

The conduct of the business affairs of physicians in group practice differs in many respects from that in solo practice; wherever it differs, it is more complex. It is not feasible to attempt to define group practice in this brief discussion other than to accept the broad working description of Moore: "... group medicine consists of a group of physicians... who combine their professional services, skills and financial resources to practice the prevention and treatment of disease. These practitioners use common office facilities and professional equipment. They employ in common subsidiary personnel for administrative and clinical purposes."

STRUCTURE OF A GROUP PRACTICE 

Types.—  The kind of internal structure or organization of the physicians in a group exerts a powerful influence on the business affairs. In the practices that are owned by a single physician (now the exception) the problems are almost identical with, though more extensive than, those of the

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