A physician group refers to one or more physicians operating as an organization to provide care. These can be classified as either private practices, in which a solo physician owns and manages their own office, or group practices where two or more physicians administer care within the same facility.
Group practices can be categorized as either single- or multi-specialty, depending on the type of care that each physician provides. Single-specialty physician groups offer one type of care, like internal medicine or optometry. Physicians in a multi-specialty practice combine their expertise to offer many different types of care all within the same facility.
Physician groups are important because they can serve many different patient needs within the community. Multi-specialty physician groups, in particular, offer one convenient place where patients can go to receive many different types of care.
Physician group providers are also likely to have regularly scheduled check-ins with their patients, which gives them an opportunity to help maintain and improve population health within their respective communities.