Speech Engaging Physicians to Improve Care Coordination: Strategies for Both Large Systems and Individual Community Hospitals

Engaging Physicians to Improve Care Coordination: Strategies for Both Large Systems and Individual Community Hospitals

Clinical integration entails the evaluation and modification of practice patterns, as well as the creation of interdependence and cooperation among physicians to control costs and ensure quality. This presentation presents highly effective strategies to engage physicians to examine, address, and reduce patient care variations and optimize utilization management. The discussion includes an examination of ongoing efforts to improve quality, access, and affordability and a review of case studies of initiatives at community hospitals that have successfully developed structures to promote clinical integration with independent physicians. The session focuses on a clinical integration program’s approach, the infrastructure and information systems required to support it, and the hospital/physician financial arrangements that facilitate physician participation and support an organization’s journey toward clinical integration.