Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A New Era for Hospital-Physician Alignment

There is no denying that we live in an era of rising health care costs. As a result, we have seen many strategies like health care reform to reduce these costs and ensure that everyone in our country has access to the care they need. It is clear that our shared goals of higher quality care at a lower cost can only be achieved through collaboration. This means collaboration between hospitals and physicians as well as providers across the continuum of care (long-term care, home care, clinics, etc.) and patients themselves.

I was recently interviewed for an educational report compiled and distributed by the healthcare financial management association on the topic of hospital-physician alignment, which covers why it is important now, and how health care systems can foster and support alignment with physicians (as well as the much-noted ACO model). I’m admittedly somewhat biased, but I believe it is a thorough, well-written report, and I suggest you pause to read it and share it with your teams.

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