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Healthcare Reform Pits Physicians Against Hospitals

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, April 21, 2011

Changing Physician-Practice Patterns
Physicians who have traditionally focused on volume will have to adjust to practice patterns that emphasize system quality and efficiency, the report suggests. Physicians also will be challenged to practice as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Hospitals are looking to develop clinical guidelines to help in this transition. While hospital executives expressed support for local guidelines, 62% of physicians surveyed preferred that nationally accepted physician practice guidelines be used. Only 30% preferred locally developed guidelines.

The report is based on a nationwide online survey of more than 1,000 physicians. Results are balanced by age, gender, practice type and specialty. In addition, HRI analysts conducted 28 in-depth interviews with thought leaders and executives representing healthcare providers, payers, and professional associations.

See Also:
ACO Proposed Rules Spotlight Physician-Hospital Alignment
HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey 2011: Physician Leaders
The Leap to Accountable Care Organizations

Margaret Dick Tocknell is a reporter/editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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