Thought Leadership – Physician Strategy


A Comprehensive Strategy for Physician Network Referral Management

For hospitals with large employed physician networks, we commonly see referral management/patient referral capture as an issue. Out-of-network referrals lead to decreased productivity, declining market share and lost practice and hospital downstream revenue. Drivers of Referral Leakage Poor performance in referral capture is driven by one of two issues: 1) Providers Directly-Referring Out. This most […]


Two Paths to Greater Practice Revenue and Productivity

Searching for ways to increase practice revenues and productivity? The 2017 MGMA DataDive Cost and Revenue Survey provides some helpful insight. The Survey indicated that practices with higher staffing-to-physician ratios and non-physician provider (NPP)-to-physician ratios realized greater net revenues and higher provider productivity. An article1 about the 2017 MGMA DataDive Cost and Revenue Survey highlights […]


Shared Vision: Unique Application of the Process

Care coordination among PCPs, hospitalists and ED physicians is a challenge for most hospitals. Recently, the medical leadership of two health system hospitals decided to tackle this problem by using HSG’s approach to building a shared vision. This approach had been used by HSG to develop a shared vision within established groups and advocated in […]


Webinar: Assimilating Non-Physician Providers in Your Practice

The 2017 MGMA DataDive Cost and Revenue Report indicates an economic advantage for effectively incorporating non-physician providers (NPPs) into the care delivery model.  The evolving physician shortage points to the inevitable need to progressively incorporate NPPs into the care delivery model.  Patients are progressively receptive to NPP care.  Why then do many of us have […]


Best Practices: Engage Physicians in Strategic Planning, or Fail

    Strategic success has never been more dependent upon physicians. In a market with increased accountability, your system’s future will depend on the ability of your physicians to deliver better, more efficient care and manage to metrics. Engaging doctors to gain their understanding of the market’s trajectory, insights into how to respond, and support […]


Capitalizing on your Group Vision

One of our recent Physician Strategy News’s articles, “Creating a Shared Vision for Your Network”, extolled the virtues of developing a vision statement as a mechanism to galvanize your physician group around an aligned, common vision for the group’s future. We described our process for developing the vision statement and indicated that it could be […]


Your Growth Strategy Isn’t Aggressive Enough

Why do so many hospitals and health systems shy away from an aggressive growth strategy?  We see several typical reasons: Disinclination to commit the attention and organization required of senior leadership to execute an aggressive strategy.  Aggressive growth is a great idea, so long as it doesn’t require much in the way of resources or […]


Case Study: Avoid Stark Issues through Contract Management

This case study shows how a physician contract management system can help hospitals uncover Stark issues and smooth the contract negotiation process. Background A community hospital in the Northeast was struggling to manage its contractual relationships with employed and independent physicians. Hospital leadership did not have a systematic approach to creating or managing physician deals, […]


Co-Management Checklist: What to Do Before, During and After Negotiating an Agreement

Co-management agreements have long been used to engage physicians in service line development and are increasingly being used to set the stage for population health management. Successful deals require careful preparation and implementation. The following items offer a starting point for what you need to focus on before, during, and after constructing a co-management agreement: […]


Getting a Handle on Referral Leakage

How much is referral leakage costing your organization and what are you doing about it? Network referral capture and leakage rates are baseline metrics every health system should be tracking to inform strategy and tactics to build loyalty and grow revenue. A comprehensive understanding of physician referral patterns and patient capture allows organizations to answer […]

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