Integration: Key Considerations for Physician Alignment

Here's what a medical practice must consider as it evaluates hospital integration opportunities.

As the trend of hospital integration starts to flourish, many practices are wondering which likeminded organizations they should partner with, and what such partnerships will look like: How will physicians communicate and coordinate care? Will there be a lot of opportunities for collaboration? What's the best way to keep provider satisfaction levels high?

But before jumping head first into a partnership, practices will ease many anxieties and improve collaboration by asking the right questions, and taking the right factors into consideration.

In this presentation, Carol Alexander, a senior principal of physician consulting services at Truven Health Analytics in Ann Arbor, Mich., shares five key considerations and several tips for practices looking into integration opportunities. You can hear more of Alexander's tips during her session, "Healthcare Partners: Integration Strategies for Improved Outcomes and Satisfaction," on October 6 at the Medical Group Management Association Annual Conference in San Diego.