Working with all sizes of hospitals and their physician partners at LudiTM, I see a lot of interesting things. Once, I met a Chief Medical Officer that carried around his physician agreements in a folder that had an orange stain on it. The stain was reminiscent of cheese puffs, but who am I to judge?
With this kind of title, I bet you were thinking, “Hey, there is going to be a trick!” Well, there’s not a really a trick. But, we do have a tip: Use market data to establish physician payment rates.
There it is. The straight story from someone who is not in the business of producing, assimilating, repackaging, benchmarking or from one who gains by suggesting this be part of your strategy. And, here’s another tip: Use market data consistently and often. Take a page out of Nike’s book — Just Do It!
Our hospital clients have let us know that the handling of physician administrative contracts is a “hot potato” within their administrative team. Nobody seems to want to fully own the issues that come along with these complicated contracts; everyone seems to own a piece of physician administrative contracts such as compliance, medical staff offices, hospital administration, legal teams and the finance department.