|Healthcare reform: our second chance|
|Written by Ardena L. Flippin, MD, MBA|
Integrated healthcare systems (IHS) are fundamentally an employment model for physicians, one that combines hospitals and medical groups to deliver health care. An apparent trend of physicians deciding to practice independent of community general hospitals and joining integrated health systems has the advantage of uniting the collective voices of physicians as well as providing the opportunity to be involved in executive management.
According to Dan Zismer, “a fully integrated health system is one that employs most, if not all, physicians required to meet mission, strategic and financial goals.” (The future of management education and training for physician leaders, Physician Executive, Nov 1, 2008). Now is the time for us as physicians to realize that we are not only stakeholders in healthcare reform, we are being given the chance to take back leadership positions in our arena.
The IHS concept is not a new one and examples of successful high-profile models are Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente and Geisinger Clinic in Pennsylvania. Integrated health systems have the following pros and cons-
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