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Published eight times a year, Healthcare Strategy Group’s Physician Strategy News® highlights trends in hospital/physician relationships and effective strategies for growing and managing those relationships.

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What’s Happening at Healthcare Strategy Group?

October 2014

New Staff: Becky Wiggins SENIOR CONSULTANT (502) 814-1192 Senior Consultant Rebecca G. “Becky” Wiggins has 25 years of physician practice management experience and has held management-level positions at Pathology and Cytology Labs; Health Associates of Kentucky MSO; Cardiology Associates of Kentucky; and most recently, KentuckyOne Health Medical Group, all in Lexington, Ky. Her special […]

What Your Doctors Need to Know About: Healthcare Reform in 2015

October 2014

With 2015 comes another batch of issues with the Affordable Care Act. This article hits the highlights with a focus on the implication for doctors. Exchange sign-ups restart November 15. Expect another spate of angst. While confusion should be lower, it will not be zero. One area of confusion, and a major deficiency in the […]

Quality: Excerpt from “67 Tips for a High-Performing Physician Network”

October 2014

Improving care processes and outcomes has never been more important as reimbursement systems and incentives change. Your employed group is the vehicle that can help you drive change throughout your system. Creating a network built on quality is the lynchpin of value-based reimbursement. That means defined clinical performance and customer service standards, and putting quality […]

Setting Up a Physician Advisory Council

October 2014

As essential components of employed physician networks, Physician Advisory Councils enhance organizational performance by promoting: Active physician involvement, Effective two-way communication, and Physician leadership development for the network. Council Composition Ideal Physician Advisory Council membership composition varies according to the employed physician network’s size and complexity. Provider membership should be relatively inclusive to: Achieve the […]

Three Tips for Measuring Provider Productivity

October 2014

Measuring and managing productivity is crucial to the sustainability of employed provider networks. However, many hospitals and healthcare systems continue to use outdated methodology overly-focused on physician wRVUs. Healthcare Strategy Group recently developed a new productivity measurement system for a six-hospital integrated delivery system with more than 1,000 employed providers in the Southeast. Management had […]

HFMA Value Project: Rethinking Physician Strategies in a World of Value-Based Care

Matt Ullum, August 2014

The Healthcare Financial Management Association’s (HFMA’s) Value Project is designed to help healthcare organizations successfully make the transition to a value-based healthcare system by: Defining the practices of providers who are leading the way toward a value-based healthcare system Describing the primary capabilities that healthcare organizations will need to develop in the areas of people […]

Infrastructure: Excerpts from “67 Tips for Developing a High-Performing Physician Network”

John Hill, Matt Ullum, August 2014

Failure to invest in infrastructure has created more red ink in employed practices than any other single issue. The problems are two-fold: having the right people in the right positions and having the necessary resources to support practice operations. Operational leadership – plus IT, HR, accounting and finance, revenue cycle and purchasing – should be […]

Health Systems: Six Steps to Developing a System-Wide Primary Care Strategy

Travis Ansel, August 2014

As the healthcare industry continues to consolidate, many healthcare systems are gaining hospitals and physician practices in new, less familiar markets. With so many priorities clamoring for a piece of the ever-shrinking margin, how should health systems prioritize where to expend their limited resources first? Healthcare Strategy Group suggests starting with a system-wide primary care […]

Is Your Infrastructure Contributing to Your Physician Network Losses?

Neal Barker, August 2014

Many hospitals and health systems started employing physicians under the premise that if they could run a successful hospital, how hard could it be to run a few practices? What most didn’t anticipate, however, was the growth in physician employment. A few doctors is one thing, a few hundred is another. Many physician networks have […]

Building Your Physician Network’s Culture

Terrence R. McWilliams, August 2014

One of the eight keys to a high-performing physician network, culture is the mortar that holds the group together. To be successful, your group must share a common vision and a culture that defines behavioral norms and encourages teamwork and collaboration. As health systems develop their physician network’s culture, they need to consider two distinct […]

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