Physician - Hospital Co-Management Arrangements

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In recent years, a number of regulatory and economic factors have driven hospitals and physicians to find ways to work together in a more coordinated manner in order to improve the quality and reduce the cost of patient care. Factors causing hospitals and physicians to work together include, among other things, bundled payments for services, the imminent introduction of Accountable Care Organizations and other shared savings arrangements, and reduced reimbursements from both private and governmental payers.

Direct employment of physicians is one means by which hospitals can assure a cooperative relationship with physicians. An ever-increasing number of physicians are becoming employed by hospital-owned practices.1 Many hospitals, however, either do not wish to employ physicians directly, or do not have the financial resources necessary to acquire and operate medical practices. Moreover, although more physicians are electing to become employed by hospitals, many physicians do not want to become employees of a hospital or other institutional provider and wish to continue to provide patient services through an independent, physician-owned practice.

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