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California’s Physician Practice Landscape

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Physician services account for 20% of total health care spending in California, the second-largest category behind hospital care, at 31%. Yet information about the structure, characteristics, and financing of physician practices is piecemeal and often not publicly available.

California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) released an overview of  physician practice landscape in California. California’s Physician Practice Landscape: A Rapidly Changing Market with Limited Data reviews available information sources on the physician practice landscape in California with a focus on existing regulatory and reporting requirements. It also begins to create common language and terminology about physician practices and organizations with the goal of enabling a more substantive discussion of relevant policy issues — including gaps in currently available information, and possibilities and prospects for a new Office of Health Care Affordability, which may require additional reporting from many actors in the health care system.

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