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Physician Alignment Crucial in Cardio, Ortho Care

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, October 10, 2013

Marc Sakwa, MD, chief of cardiovascular surgery at Beaumont, and physician leader of Beaumont Health System's Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence, explained how the hospital leadership opened the door for direct physician involvement. "As the leaders, you will set the goals that you need in order for all of us to be successful," the hospital told physicians, Sakwa says.

Such processes don't stop at the cardiology suite.

Orthopedics Alignment
As I prepare for the HealthLeaders Oct. 16 webcast on physician involvement in orthopedic service lines, a common theme emerges with the cardiologists: aiming for physician alignment. The orthopedics service line, like cardiology, is a large and competitive service line, with the need for evidence-based strategies and team approaches in care.

The physician alignment ingredient is essential, for better collaboration and performance, but sometimes lacking in orthopedics, says James D. Holstine, DO, of the center for orthopedics and sports medicine at PeaceHealth and St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, WA.

"For me, it's about relationships, alignments, trust, and transparency," says Holstine, one of the presenters for the upcoming webcast. Now, "I think there's less trust than there's ever been. It's not due to malcontent. It's poor communication because of the volume of change. I think the volume of information is so rapid and fast we don't have good information dissemination."

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