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Guide to Physician Integration Models for Sustainable Success

This new report is a guide to laying the groundwork for successful physician-hospital integration, the integration options to consider, and how to evaluate those options. Twelve strategies are offered hospital leaders for successful alignment:

  1. Understand the forces affecting physicians and design options for meeting the needs of local physicians.
  2. Understand the hospital or system’s capabilities and infrastructure in the community context.
  3. Ground integration efforts on a financial plan with sufficient resources and performance targets.
  4. Ensure strong physician participation, leadership and governance.
  5. Use technology to connect with physicians.
  6. Do an objective assessment of organization readiness for value-based care transformation efforts.
  7. Use a disciplined and integrated approach to practice acquisition and physician employment.
  8. Document and communicate the degree to financial commitment required to employ physicians.
  9. Model alternative compensation arrangements before employing physicians.
  10. Structure effective and sustainable compensation programs for physicians employed.
  11. Manage employed physicians to achieve goals.
  12. Use a structured process to ensure a sustainable and consistent venture over time.

Interwoven into the discussion of strategies are examples from hospitals and health systems.

Source: Cullen SC and others. A guide to physician integration models for sustainable success. Health Research & Educational Trust/American Hospital Association and Kaufman, Hall & Associates, Sept. 2012. http://www.hpoe.org/Reports-HPOE/guide_to_physician_integration_models_for_sustainable_success.pdf

Related resources:

Halley MD. Owning medical practices: best practices for sustainable results. Health Forum/American Hospital Association, 2011. Purchase details at http://ams.aha.org/EWEB/DynamicPage.aspx?WebCode=ProdDetailAdd&ivd_prc_prd_key=48a43cee-9de8-49e8-b0fc-b3445003ff3b

Johnson BA. Physician compensation plans: state-of-the-art strategies. Medical Group Management Association, 2006. Purchase details at http://www.mgma.com/store/Books/Physician-Compensation-Plans/

Welch SS. Annotated model physician-hospital employment agreement. American Medical Association, 2011. Purchase details at http://amascb.pdn.ipublishcentral.com/product/annotated-model-physicianhospital-employment-agreement [Free access for AMA members]

American Medical Association – Physician employment web site: http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/about-ama/our-people/member-groups-sections/organized-medical-staff-section/physician-employment.page?

American Hospital Association – Physician Leadership Forum web site: http://www.ahaphysicianforum.org/

Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422.2050, rc@aha.org

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