Becker’s Hospital Review: Physician Alignment: 5 Points on Closing Healthcare Organization Capabilities Gap

Pinstripe Healthcare President Jill Schwieters’ presentation from the Becker’s Hospital Review 4th Annual Meeting was turned into an article entitled Hospital-Physician Alignment: 5 Points on Closing Healthcare Organization Capabilities Gap for the publication’s website. The presentation and article

Excerpts from the article:

"I think most of the challenges we face come down to having a talent strategy to get the right people in the right positions to be successful," said Ms. Schwieters. "Physician integration and engagement are the foundation for success in solving other issues and help drive revenue and improve quality and patient satisfaction."

There are several opportunities and challenges that can give hospitals a competitive advantage in the evolving healthcare market. Ms. Schwieters discussed the strategies for physician alignment and how to ensure the right decisions are made organizationally to positively impact the bottom line.

1. Position and fit. This is the most important component to success, said Ms. Schwieters, and it comes down to really understanding aligning the physician's culture, values and price with the hospital. …

2. Plan. Figure out what the hospital will standardize versus what it will customize for the aligned physicians. …

3. Participation. Most physicians in private practices are entrepreneurial and independent operations by nature, but you can't communicate too much with them, said Ms. Schwieters. Develop messaging and communication tools to share information across the organization and with their staff as well. …

4. Bottom line. Hospital leaders must make a return on investment for their alignment. New processes with the physicians should drive efficiency; make sure the right tools are in place for success. …

5. Maintain success. While people may come into the alignment engaged and enthusiastic, it's difficult to maintain that level of excitement. Physicians must be adaptable and have the appropriate leadership skills to move their team forward. "Most physicians aren't born leaders and don't aspire to be in formal leadership roles," said Ms. Schwieters. "Collaboration and listening are interrelated in terms of achieving what we need for the future."

 

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http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/hospital-physician-relationships/hospital-physician-alignment-5-points-on-closing-healthcare-organization-capabilities-gap.html