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Community Health

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The COVID-19 pandemic, if nothing else, has aimed a harsh light at our healthcare systems, illuminating the type of public health system we all need to better prepare for the next pandemic. To a person, it behooves us to work on changing these uncovered and pressing issues that COVID-19 has now exposed, so that we can be stronger as we move forward into a post-pandemic society. But what is in our lane of responsibility and what is not?

Healthcare is changing dramatically, and not just for patients. The nature of physician employment, too, is undergoing disruption. More and more, physicians who remain independent are banding together under a management services organization (MSO), a legal entity that allows physician practices to share resources, limit risk and gain the necessary efficiencies to compete in a consolidating market.