A recent article in MGMA Connection explores the question of the best structure for governing medical groups. This is an important issue because the governance model used has a direct impact on financial performance, according to MGMA research.
Because doctors are increasingly employed by larger healthcare companies, rather than running private practices, health systems frequently report entrepreneurial attitudes driving efficiency and innovation on the practice level are negatively impacted. Physicians today often lack a "sense of ownership" in the health business of which they are a part.
“As a result,” MCMA reports, “health systems are studying alternative models for physician governance, and some systems are devoting significant resources to develop physicians as leaders in group practices and health systems.”