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Data Mine: Urban mythbusting

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Healthcare is not immune to having “urban myths” — widely held beliefs that usually have little supporting evidence but are totally wrong. Some healthcare myths are easily disputed: Science tells us that carrots do not improve night vision, coffee does not stunt growth and eating an apple a day doesn’t necessarily keep the doctor away. 

Other healthcare myths are more difficult to refute. If the facts conflict with the belief, people often don’t change their beliefs — they just look for new facts. One such myth addresses the relative productivity of physicians in health systems and those in physician-owned practices. The popular impression is that doctors who are employed by hospitals do not work as hard as physicians who own their own practice.

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About the Author

David N. Gans
David N. Gans MSHA, FACMPE, SENIOR FELLOW
Industry Affairs MGMA

David N. Gans, FACMPE, can be reached at dgans@mgma.com. 

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