Cogent HMG CEO to Participate as Panelist in Modern Healthcare’s Physician-Hospital Alignment Webinar on Sept. 7

BRENTWOOD, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Dr. Stephen Houff, Chief Executive Officer of leading hospitalist company Cogent HMG, will participate in a webinar panel discussion hosted by Modern Healthcare this week on the subject of hospital practice acquisitions and physician-hospital alignment.

Joining the panel with Dr. Houff on Sept. 7 will be Dr. James Dan, President of Advocate Medical Group in Oak Brook, Ill. and Dr. T. Clifford Deveny, Senior Vice President of Catholic Health Initiatives in Englewood, Co.

The presentation, Shopping for Docs and Finding the Right Fit, will explore the current trend of hospitals and healthcare systems buying medical practices, as well as answer questions, such as “What types of medical practices are hospitals buying?” and “What are effective strategies for integrating the acquired practices?”

“With the increasing demand to meet cost and quality requirements, closer alignment of hospitals and physicians is more important than ever,” said Dr. Houff. “Through our work with hospitals across the nation and recent acquisitions of two large physician practices, we have a unique perspective to share in terms of the opportunities and challenges organizations face with physician acquisition, alignment and integration.”

Dr. Houff is a recognized leader in the field of hospital medicine. A practicing hospitalist since 1993, he founded Hospitalist Management Group in 1999, and served as President and CEO until its merger with Cogent Healthcare earlier this year. Cogent HMG is the nation’s largest private hospitalist company with over 1,000 affiliated hospitalists, intensivists and extenders, and more than 100 partnerships with hospitals across 29 states.

The webinar will be held 10-11 a.m. CDT, on Wednesday, September 7, 2011. Registration is available through the Modern Healthcare website,

About Cogent HMG

Cogent HMG is the nation’s largest private hospitalist company, partnering with more than 100 hospitals across the country to build and manage high-performing hospitalist and intensivist programs. To improve efficiency and care in partner systems, Cogent HMG offers a comprehensive System of Care™ that supports hospitalists and intensivists with structure, a coordinated care team, data driven processes, rigorous ongoing training and experienced leadership. With more than 1,000 affiliated physicians and mid-level providers, Cogent HMG is dedicated to the advancement of the field by setting best practices for hospital medicine and through its established national mentoring program. Cogent HMG was formed in 2011 from the merger of Cogent Healthcare and Hospitalist Management Group, LLC, two pioneers of the hospital medicine industry. For more information, visit


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