The notion of independent physicians may be a myth because independent physicians are becoming increasingly financially tethered to hospitals. In response to this trend, PwC released a two-part
series on physician-hospital
alignment. In Part I: Why health reform is driving physicians and hospitals closer together
, we describe how health reform is driving physicians and hospitals closer together, and profile physicians in terms of their current alignment patterns and future alignment interests. Part II: How physicians and hospitals are creating sustainable relationships
examines how hospitals and physicians can make alignment work for both sides.
Our research focuses on three interlocking issues that support successful physician-hospital alignment: shared governance, aligned compensation, and changing physician practice patterns.