Coker Group Authors Latest Guide for Healthcare Executives on Implementing Successful Physician-Hospital Alignment Strategies

Coker Group Authors Latest Guide for Healthcare Executives on Implementing Successful Physician-Hospital Alignment Strategies

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Alignment between hospitals and physicians has never been more important. Changes in healthcare delivery prompted by healthcare reform and pressure on the traditional fee-for-service reimbursement model are providing the impetus for hospitals and physicians to form partnerships or affiliations that are mutually beneficial to both clinical and financial performance.

Coker Group, a national healthcare advisory firm, has written the definitive guide for hospital executives, who represent large and small healthcare systems, on how to join together with physician group practices to create accountable care initiatives and clinically integrated networks. provides the foundation for physician-hospital alignment towards this journey in transitioning towards this new model and includes how technology has become integral to the entire process.

"Hospitals and physicians struggled with alignment in the 90s, with neither side satisfied," stated Max Reibolt, lead author of the book and president and CEO of Coker Group. "Today, both entities understand the need to work more closely. With greater emphasis on information technology, clinical integration, and continuity of care, physicians now better understand the clinical, financial and work-life benefits of aligning with hospitals and health systems."

Coker Group's authors drew on their vast experience with physician-hospital alignment to explain the spectrum of alignment models and strategies. The book describes the perspectives of both hospitals and physician practices when considering alignment and how the physician/hospital alignment processes are foundational to the accountable care era initiatives.

The book also covers other subjects related to physician-hospital alignment which include compensation practices, Legal and regulatory considerations, financial considerations and information technology.

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Coker Group, national healthcare consulting firms with more than two decades of experience, assists healthcare organizations navigate the challenges of an unpredictable industry. Coker offers comprehensive and varied healthcare consulting services throughout North America and Europe. The firm is headquartered in Atlanta with offices in Charlotte, Dallas and Philadelphia. Thousands of the world's largest healthcare organizations have trusted Coker Group to provide the results needed to achieve success.