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6 steps to grow medical group leadership within the system

January 13, 2021

    Is your hospital-employed medical group ready for more responsibility?

    For many advanced groups, the answer is "yes." Having mastered the core basics of physician practice management, these groups are expanding their strategic focus, assuming additional oversight for key functions within the health system—such as service line growth or care management—that cut across the traditional ambulatory/inpatient divide.

    This expanded leadership role puts the medical group in a favorable position to truly shape health system strategy on key initiatives, rather than simply responding to strategic decisions made by others. Indeed, where this trend is most advanced, the distinction between medical group and hospital leadership blurs; the medical group is treated not as something to be managed off to the side, but rather as an integral player in determining health system success.

    This type of integration is especially important today, as health systems confront an ever-growing list of challenges—from MACRA and rising consumerism to reimbursement reform—that all seem to demand an immediate response. Yet the majority of medical groups have not yet achieved this level of leadership within their parent health systems.

    How can your medical group change this dynamic? Our new research briefing, Medical Group on the Rise, offers six steps for medical groups seeking to accelerate the shift toward a more integrated system leadership role.

    Learn how to achieve ROI on your medical group investment

    Prioritize your medical group's activities

    1. Assess your medical group's primary and unique capabilities
    2. Understand market readiness for new functionalities
    3. Analyze broader physician dynamics within your system

    Raise your medical group's profile

    1. Report a holistic picture of your medical group's performance
    2. Constantly emphasize group-system symbiosis
    3. Foster development of new system administrators

    Six steps to achieve expanded system-level leadership

    Progressive medical groups are taking on additional leadership responsibilities across the larger health system, assuming oversight for key system functions—patient access, service line growth, care management—that cut across the traditional ambulatory/inpatient divide.

    Download our executive research briefing to learn six crucial steps to steer your medical group toward a more integrated leadership role—one where you can help drive system strategy, rather than sitting on the sidelines.

    Download now

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