Consider all the ways hospitals nowadays are attempting to fortify physician relations. With a looming shortage of primary care providers, hospital executives have to come up with strategies to maintain referrals and ensure care in their communities. Executives frequently tell me about their plans to increase the number of employed physicians. In fact, my colleague Philip Betbeze wrote a fine cover story called Keep 'Em Close in this month's issue of HealthLeaders magazine. This story shows how some hospitals are aligning with physicians through the clinical integration model of healthcare.