The number of hospital-employed physicians continue to rise, but these hospital-physician relationships are rife with pitfalls. Hospital leaders need to reach out to involve physicians in decisions and policy-making in order to sustain these relationships.
With new challenges seemingly at every turn, it's easy to get caught up in lamenting problems. But if you look at most situations a different way, you can usually just as many potential solutions as problems. The difficulty, of course, is determining whether a solution is truly a cure or a harbinger of yet more problems.
A recent blog post from Health Affairs hones in on one problem that is perhaps both a symptom of and lynchpin binding the rest: physician dissatisfaction. Unhappy physicians aren't only a threat to the success of individual practices, but also to the healthcare system in general, the authors contend. Read more...
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