Few industries are as heavily regulated as the health care industry, and doctors, hospitals, practice groups, management companies, and other health care entities have to address potential liabilities on a daily basis. To avoid legal disputes, it is important that health care professionals have legal counsel with experience in health care law.
When it comes to contract negotiations between hospitals and insurers, deadlock is not uncommon. Both sides must account for a multitude of factors in an ever-changing health care industry, and sometimes extended negotiation is necessary to reach an agreement that is favorable for all parties involved. However, the details of such disputes are rarely widely publicized.
The health care industry is rapidly changing, and so are doctors' business models. According to a survey by the Physicians Foundation, more than 50 percent of 13,500 doctors surveyed in 2000 had independent practices. In 2013, however, only one-third of the doctors practiced independently.