Project Management

Health System Sponsored Physician Employment: Keys To Success

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Executive Summary

In the health system sponsored physician enterprise, clinical and financial improvements cannot take place without successful and sustainable collaboration between hospitals and physicians. Organizational structure, governance and management design are foundational elements of success. This paper explores the considerations and leading practices in the structural design, governance and management of health system sponsored physician employment. Hospitals that first employed physicians in the mid 1990s learned the hard way that physician practices underperform when structured as a department of the hospital.

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