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AMA | Private Practice Dropped to Less Than 50% in 2020, Survey Says

2020 Benchmark Survey

Recent Changes in Physician Practice Arrangements: Private Practice Dropped to Less Than 50 Percent of Physicians in 2020

By AMA | Research | Physician Practice Benchmark Survey

This report (PDF) describes changes in physician employment status and practice size, type, and ownership between 2012 and 2020. Although the 2020 data are consistent with earlier trends, the size of the changes since 2018 suggest that the shifts toward larger practices and away from physician-owned (private) practices have accelerated. 2020 was the first year in which less than half (49.1%) of patient care physicians worked in a private practice, a drop of almost 5 percentage points from 2018. 17.2% of physicians were in practices with at least 50 physicians in 2020, up from 14.7 % in 2018.



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