In an era of accountable care organizations and medical homes, more hospitals have been acquiring and directly employing physician groups. Finding ways to make that transition smoother has been a running theme throughout this year's Healthcare Financial Management Association's Annual National Institute in Las Vegas.
David Butz, whose research at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business focuses on healthcare delivery, noted that it's a relationship that has its roots in conflict.
“We're defining managed care as an intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship,” he said during a session on how to engage medical staff in financial decision-making. “That's what we think about when we think about managed care. It's by definition an adversarial relationship.”