Thought Leadership – Physician Network Optimization


The MACRA Final Rule – What’s New

CMS released the MACRA Final Rule on October 14th and proved they listened to many of the 4000 official comments submitted in response to the proposed regulations published in April. The result is a very different program than originally proposed – at least for the first two years. So what’s new in the Final Rule? […]


Webinar: Leadership Engagement With an Emphasis on Advisory Councils

Physician engagement is a hot topic in healthcare today. For Clinically integrated networks (CINs), Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), health systems, hospitals, or employed physician networks, it’s the key ingredient for success, because it’s directly linked to achieving favorable outcomes. There are several different paths you can take to build physician engagement in your network. What […]


Physician Network Growth Phases – Accelerating the Performance of Your Network

HSG’s Physician Network Growth Phases provides a framework for tackling appropriate management challenges given the current growth trajectory of your Employed Physician Network, identifying six stages of network evolution and the capabilities management should be looking to build and ingrain into the organization at each stage.


Enhancing Your Employed Physician Network

HSG’s Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Terry McWilliams and Senior Manager Davis Creech attended the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration’s (ASHHRA) 2016 annual meeting. Below is a link to HSG’s presentation poster titled “Enhance Your Employed Physician Network”. The poster focuses on four of the eight key elements in building a high-performing, employed physician network, the […]


Building Management Expertise for Your Employed Physician Network

Hospitals and health systems have been aggressively investing in their employed physician networks for the last 10 years or more. Most, however have not developed the leadership infrastructure or acquired the management expertise to effectively manage these networks. HSG has developed a multi-faceted approach to support you in your efforts to build a high-performing network.  We […]


The MSO Renaissance

Interest in MSO is surging as the complexity of the market grows and as health systems work to define how to help independent physicians cope with that market. Traditionally, HSG has advised clients that MSOs created more risk than reward, but that balance may have shifted. Client hospitals are expressing renewed interest because: MACRA/MIPS create […]


Evolving Your Management Team’s Focus to Meet Your Network’s Needs

Ensuring the management team’s focus and capabilities match the scale and maturity of an employed physician network’s development is a challenge many healthcare systems face today.  Many management teams get locked into a “doing things the way they’ve always been done” mentality, without acknowledging or accounting for the network’s evolving needs. HSG’s Physician Network Growth […]


Effective Revenue Cycle Management in Your Network

Revenue Cycle Management for your physician network has become more complex. Bigger groups increase the scale and complexity of processes, Stagnant reimbursements make it imperative that your practices collect what they deserve, Electronic Health Records create potential glitches, Evolving local carrier determinations (LCD) creates challenges, Payer credentialing becomes higher risk as your network grows, and Compliance […]


Case Study: Creating a Common Vision to Accelerate Employed Group Development

Summary St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, MO employs over 110 providers in its medical group, and more than 100 more in hospital-based programs. The organization has a long history of close ties with physicians, has experienced substantial growth, and has been ranked as one of the 50 best hospitals in the country on numerous occasions. […]


Defining Your Medical Group’s Culture: Is Your Culture a Barrier to Success?

One of the key pillars of high performing organizations is a strong, pervasive culture. A shared culture binds individual group members and practices into a cohesive whole and allows the group to function at a higher level. Building a common culture must be an active process. Otherwise, inertia will foster continuation of the status quo.  […]