The AMA report, “Recent Changes in Physician Practice Arrangements: Private Practice Dropped to Less Than 50 Percent of Physicians in 2020” (PDF) is the first report released based on 2020 data from the AMA’s ongoing Physician Practice Benchmark surveys. The report describes changes in physician employment status and practice size, type and ownership between 2012 and 2020.

The 2020 data suggest that the ongoing shifts toward larger practices and away from physician-owned (private) practices have accelerated. Two thousand twenty was the first year in which less than half (49.1%) of patient care physicians worked in a private practice, a drop of almost five percentage points from 2018. Seventeen percent of physicians were in practices with at least 50 physicians in 2020, up from 14.7 % in 2018.

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