Physician Leadership Journal
The number of providers who now work for hospitals and health systems is steadily increasing, and so too are the opportunities for physician leaders and administrative leaders to work together in truly integrated partnerships capable of meeting the demands of an increasingly complex health care environment. New approaches will break down barriers and bring all parties to the table to promote clinical, financial, operational, technological and cultural excellence.
Getting to this lofty goal, however, requires system leaders to abandon historical thinking and other obstacles without silver-bullet solutions. The monumental task of designing and maintaining effective and integrated systems of care is not lost on physician leaders.
Recently, a group of accomplished physician leaders of employed medical groups from across the country gathered to discuss the internal and external challenges to meaningful integration. The panel identified five critical issues facing integrated medical groups.