As always, a hospital's financial success is determined by physician referral and admission patterns, but today there are numerous models for hospital-physician partnerships, largely because many physicians are in a position to take their business out of the hospital setting. A HealthLeaders
magazine article, titled Dr. Partner
, had a quote about the evolving hospital-physician relationship from Richard Sheff, MD, chairman and executive director of The Greeley Company
: "CEOs are basically being put in a position where a physician comes in and says, 'I want to take my business out.' And the CEO is in a position where they have to ask, 'Can I have half of it?'"