Thought Leadership – Physician Strategy


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 […]


Webinar: 5 Types of Referral Leakage to Measure (And What to Do About It)

Minimizing patient leakage in a health system’s referral network is crucial.  However, most organizations do not have the systems in place to measure leakage or determine where it is occurring.  Without data, healthcare executives are left to guess about how best to ensure the integrity of their referral networks. In this one-hour webinar, HSG will […]


7 Strategies for Hospitals That Are Striving to Stay Independent

Hospitals across the country are talking about consolidation.  Frequently, those discussions relate to the perceived imperative and benefits of joining a bigger system.  There are passionate voices saying there is no other choice.  Among board members, however, there frequently is a passionate desire for local control and remaining independent. Trustee Magazine, January 2017 issue, featured the […]


Provider Manpower Planning and the Changing Delivery System

As health organizations transition toward population health and value-based contracting, the challenges in determining the right number and mix of providers, as well as the placement and alignment of those providers, grow in complexity. Simply defining model-calculated need for physician specialists, identifying succession planning opportunities and prioritizing based on market share and service line goals […]


The Inevitable

With all of the uncertainty about changing health policy and the ACA, it is easy to get distracted. But those distractions hide a deeper truth: many changes are inevitable. It is critical that you not lose sight of the evolution required of your organization and its physicians if you are to successfully address those changes. […]


Webinar: Evolving Your Physician Network

Health systems have struggled to manage and develop their physician networks. Part of the problem has been inexperience and limited availability of management talent. Another key part has been the rapid growth of these networks. And getting these networks focused on strategic priorities has been no small task. HSG has a system to guide this […]


How to Retain Patients: Referral Measurement and Management

Do you know how much revenue your organization is losing from referral leakage? In our work with clients around HSG Physician Network Intelligence, a comprehensive physician referral management platform focused on downstream revenue growth, we systematically identify and monitor the referral patterns of physicians to understand opportunities for our clients to increase referral capture. Below […]