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Physician-Hospital Integration: Making It Work

Physician-Hospital Integration: Making It Work


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Deborah Walker Keegan, PhD, and Bruce A. Johnson, JD, MPA
This article discusses the driving forces for physician-hospital integration and details a range of structural integration models available to physicians and hospitals as they seek heightened collaboration. The structural model that is the “best fit� for an organization will depend on articulated goals, current stage of integration, available legal alternatives, “local� and cultural considerations, history of the parties, and other key variables. The importance of physician leadership and engagement, broadening Board members’ perspectives, and other similar strategies adopted by high-performing integrated systems are reported.