Speech Hospital Employment of Physicians: Key Strategic, Structural & Legal Issues

Hospital Employment of Physicians: Key Strategic, Structural & Legal Issues

As healthcare reform unfolds in Massachusetts and nationwide, hospitals are adding physicians to their payrolls at an unprecedented rate. Drivers for this trend include healthcare reform, quality improvement, and opportunities to leverage the economics of healthcare delivery. While moving forward with employing physicians, hospitals should take time to assess and strategize how best to transition physicians to fully integrated and aligned relationships. This presentation addresses the strategic, structural, and legal issues involved in developing hospital-affiliated group practices, clinically integrating with physicians, acquiring physician practices, and compensating physicians to achieve system goals under alternative payment arrangements.