Physician group practices are important because they can serve many different patients’ needs within the community. Multi-specialty physician groups 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.
There are also other medical practice types, such as employed physician practices, which are owned and managed by hospitals, or independent contractors. Providers regarded as “locum tenens” typically offer temporary coverage of different clinical needs when another physician is absent. These positions are usually contract-based and managed through a recruiting firm.