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Our top resources on strengthening hospital-physician alignment

by Megan Clark

Hopefully you’ve seen our new infographic outlining the transition path for accountable care (if not, Health Care Advisory Board members can subscribe to receive future research updates).

As the infographic lays out, every blueprint for care transformation should focus on:

  • Hospital-physician partnership
  • A sustainable value-based payment strategy
  • Ambitious clinical standards for delivery system redesign

In this post, I'll focus on the six steps for physician alignment, but be sure to stay tuned for implementation resources for the other two imperatives.

A new ambition for hospital-physician relations

It is no longer enough to have individual physicians bound by contract to a hospital—nor can they simply work well together but separately from the broader system.

An effectively integrated system requires that hospitals and physicians work as partners to deliver seamless patient care. All parties play unique roles, but strategy, planning, and execution must be a unified, coordinated effort.

To learn more, read our study, From Contract to Compact: Moving Physician Partnerships Beyond Financial Alignment to Create a Culture of Clinical Success.

Building a New Hospital-Physician Compact

Resources for each step in the transition path

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1. Audit existing physician alignment models and their effectiveness.

2. Assess how physicians’ current engagement levels and incentives affect quality, satisfaction, and cost improvement efforts.

3. Ensure the physician alignment model has the necessary structure and governance to support population health management and accountable payment with clinical integration and employment as front-runners.

4. Identify physician leaders who can champion the changes required for delivery system redesign.

5. Engage physicians in data to improve quality and reduce cost and unwarranted practice variation.

6. Create a culture of transparency and performance improvement.

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