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Rick Johnson, Senior Editor

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?'" [Read More]
  August 16, 2007

Editor's Picks
So long solo doc
The proportion of physicians in solo and two-physician practices decreased from 40.7 percent in 1996-97 to 32.5 percent in 2004-05, according to a new study by the Center for Studying Health System Change. No big surprise giving the financial incentives of working in a larger medical group. And as we've reported in the past, this study says physicians continue to give up ownership stakes. [Read More]
Baltimore doctors Target retail clinics
As some physician organizations take issue with the booming retail clinic model, Greater Baltimore Medical Center has OK'd a deal to allow its doctors to oversee the clinics at Target Corp. stores. This is a strategy some healthcare consultants began advocating last year, including Anthony Cirillo. [Read More]
States boost scrutiny of retail clinics
The Wall Street Journal points out that some state health regulators are taking a harder look at retail clinics. Along with concerns about quality, medical associations and others question whether patient care should be provided in a commercialized setting. (A subscription is required to view the full Journal article.) [Read More]
EHRs too expensive for many
A new joint study by the MGMA and AOA cites cost as a barrier to EHR implementation. This is just another factor driving physicians into larger settings and even hospital employment. [Read More]
Business Rx
Nonphysician providers can enhance profitability and flexibility
From Private Practice Success: Incorporating nonphysician providers can be a smart move that results in enhanced profitability, satisfaction, and efficiency. But it requires careful preparation. [Read More]
Physician News
Doctors sue insurers over designations
AP/Yahoo News - August 16, 2007
Doctors' group has clout cut in North Carolina
Raleigh News & Observer - August 16, 2007
Diagnosing bias in doctors
Washington Post - August 16, 2007
Blue Shield of California to pay $31 million in quality bonuses
San Francisco Business Times - August 16, 2007
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