Phased Approach to Building Hospital-Physician Trust and Collaboration Achieves Positive Outcomes

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  A regional hospital with 350+ beds and a physician group practice of approximately 20 physicians plus allied health practitioners had tried to collaborate multiple times for more than ten years. Every failed attempt led to finger-pointing and broken trust on both sides—with each organization blaming the other for the failure to collaborate. The group… [Read More]

New Solutions for Physician-Hospital Integration

The imperative in healthcare today is to rapidly and significantly improve quality and reduce costs. While this goal is easy to articulate, it is incredibly challenging to execute—but the viability of your organization depends on it. We know you’ve squeezed supply costs. You’ve optimized revenue cycle. You’ve “leaned” everything you can. What’s left? The doctors…. [Read More]

Seven Tips on Avoiding, Resolving Hospital-Physician Conflicts

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Hospitals and physicians are grappling with major changes to their industry, as both parties strive to improve quality and outcomes and reduce costs while dealing with changing payment structures. This goal of achieving the triple aim will be impossible to attain without achieving alignment and collaboration between physicians and hospitals, according to Rick Sheff, MD,… [Read More]

Why Should Physicians Care About Hospital Finances?

Why should the medical staff care about helping management achieve its financial goals? After all, isn’t the role of the medical staff to practice clinical medicine in an evidence-based manner and for management to count the beans and manage the books? Particularly, why should physicians in community practice care at all? Isn’t the object to… [Read More]

Tackling the Challenge of Physician-Hospital Relations: A Step-by-Step Approach

It seems that conflict is the fastest-growing product line in contemporary healthcare. Medical staff leaders, of necessity, must become comfortable with navigating these potentially treacherous waters. This white paper, Tackling the Challenge of Physician-Hospital Relations: A Step-by-Step Approach, offers practical approaches and strategies designed to help medical staff leaders understand and begin to grapple with… [Read More]

Rethinking ED Call How to balance physician, hospital, and community needs

A recent visit with a hospital and its medical staff struggling with the challenge of physician coverage of unassigned patients for the emergency department (ED) and inpatient consultations was troubling. For that hospital, discussions between some physician groups and the hospital degenerated into anger, threats, and broken trust. The physician demands for ED call compensation easily outstrip… [Read More]

Physician-Hospital Competition and Collaboration

How’s the “weather” for physician-hospital collaboration in your organization? With this white paper, you can answer this and other important questions regarding physician-hospital relationships in your organization. You’ll receive practical advice on how to determine the cultural climate in your organization and implement change. And you’ll learn how to “sail the seven Cs” through core… [Read More]

Peer Review Structures: What’s Out There and Why

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CMS and all hospital accreditation organizations require peer review, but do not require any particular way to organize your peer review program. This is a plus for those who want to do effective peer review to meet the needs of their particular medical staff culture and resources. Whatever review structure you choose, make sure it… [Read More]

Managing Disruptive Behavior

One of the most difficult challenges facing medical staff leaders is overseeing professional conduct on the medical staff and confronting disruptive behavior. In addition, there is now a legal, regulatory, and accreditation mandate to eliminate professional conduct that may create a “hostile work environment” and place patients in potential jeopardy. This white paper provides a… [Read More]