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Abstract

For decades, the cost of medical care in the United States has increased exponentially. United States citizens spend twice as much as their European counterparts on medical care. Congress enacted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to ensure affordable healthcare to the citizens of the United States. PPACA legislation is creating a new paradigm in healthcare delivery and provider business models. The purpose of this case study was to explore physicians’ perspectives regarding physician-centric business models evolving under the requirements of the PPACA legislation. Data were gathered through semistructured interviews and questionnaires with a purposive sample of 75 participants across 20 medical specialties within the United States. Three universal themes emerged including (a) use of midlevel practitioners, (b) changes to provider practices, and (c) enhanced business education. Healthcare leaders may use the findings to advance the evolution of physician business models that meet the needs of healthcare stakeholders.