How Many Primary Care Physicians Do You Really Need?

Executing a primary care strategy that provides the right number of primary care providers is critical to the success of your employed provider network. Traditional physician manpower planning models are often used to assess primary care demand. These models are based on population ratios and can provide effective information regarding the right number of primary […]

Health Systems: Six Steps to Developing a System-Wide Primary Care Strategy

As the healthcare industry continues to consolidate, many healthcare systems are gaining hospitals and physician practices in new, less familiar markets. With so many priorities clamoring for a piece of the ever-shrinking margin, how should health systems prioritize where to expend their limited resources first? HSG suggests starting with a system-wide primary care strategy by evaluating […]

Quality Measures for Primary Care Physicians

With healthcare reform and the move to value-based reimbursement from both governmental and non-governmental payers, health systems across the country have been shifting their employed physician compensation models from purely production-based to a combination of productivity and quality incentives. Standardized quality measurements have developed over the past 25 years through accreditation entities such as National […]

Case Study: Ambulatory Strategy with a Focus on Responding to a Larger Competitor Moving Into the Market

Background Our client was an independent, 250+ bed hospital, located 20 minutes from a large metropolitan area in the Midwest.  The hospital was experiencing intense pressure from three tertiary competitors located in the nearby metro area. Each was pursuing an ambulatory strategy that placed physicians, outpatient services, and ancillaries in our client’s primary service area.  […]

Case Study: Primary Care Alignment in a Community Hospital Setting

Background Our client, a two-hospital system in the Southeast region, lacked a consistent physician alignment strategy, particularly for primary care.  As a result: Referrals from on-staff physicians were lost to other health systems Competitor health systems were aggressively targeting high-producing on-staff physicians with employment offers Loyal physicians were retiring and closing their practices without succession […]