Traditionally, hospitals and physicians have pursued integration in order to achieve what, in many respects, were often mutually exclusive goals. Now integration is being pursued with a common goal: delivering the right care at the right time, every time for every patient. On this journey, both hospitals and physicians are coming to understand that the benefits of integration come through mutually inclusive goals, and the options for physician alignment, not necessarily full integration, need to be considered within a different paradigm.
This article will provide an overview of what’s driving the emergence of clinical integration, how physician alignment fits within the new paradigm, how at least one delivery system is organizing its providers to bend the cost curve, how to assess where an organization is meeting the needs and demands of its own market, and an understanding of how to get started on an involved and challenging process that is ultimately essential to an organization’s viability.
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