Modern Physician reports that the 2010 Merrit Hawkins Physician Inpatient/Outpatient Revenue Survey reported that the 17 physician specialties experienced a 3% increase in average annual net revenue generated since 2007. In 2010, the specialties reported an average annual net revenue of $1.54 million for their hospitals.
The article emphasizes that although the specialties may be revenue generating, hospitals must remember that health reform incentives will be based on the availability of access to primary care and preventative services. The survey results, which reported a drop in primary-care revenue, may look completely different in a few years once the health reform provisions are implemented.
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