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Physician Group Integration: Trends & Challenges

Summary of article from VMG Health, by Cordell J. Mack:

Hospitals and health systems have been integrating with physician groups in an effort to improve healthcare quality, service, and efficiency, with mixed results. Despite this, health system employment of physicians continues to rise, currently accounting for over 50% of all practicing physicians. However, the multispecialty group structure commonly used in these systems presents challenges, including financial misalignment across subspecialties and inconsistent financial reporting. VMG Health suggests an alternative approach involving reorganization of physician enterprise offerings within integrated delivery systems, focusing on improved governance, financial reporting, and physician loyalty. This evolving landscape of physician organizational structures within health systems aims to enhance operational efficiency, growth, and care delivery.