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Growing economic pressures and the prospect of sweeping changes in
healthcare are driving new interest in integration between physicians,
physician groups and hospitals.
In the past, integration was often seen as an “all-or-nothing” proposition
that required the full employment of physicians by the hospital. But today’s
integration models provide a continuum of cooperative opportunities that
can be tailored to meet the unique requirements of both parties.
Determining the most appropriate level of integration, or the best “entry
point” along the integration continuum, requires assistance from a qualified
third party capable of providing strategic and tactical guidance regarding the
costs, benefits and implementation demands of each approach.
By working to identify shared values and objectives, an integration initiative
can be developed that will largely preserve the culture of both the hospital
and the physician group while achieving the critical objectives of cost
reduction, improved care and marketshare gains. For additional information: http://sites.mckesson.com/practiceconsulting/kc_expansion.htm