OVERVIEW

The rapidly changing field of healthcare delivery is forcing physicians and physician groups to critically question their ability to succeed in the future under their current organizational structure. Physicians have seen a plethora of activity in recent years that has challenged their ability to operate autonomous, profitable, patient oriented practices. The increasing penetration of managed care combined with the significant redesign of government funded programs and the strengthening of competitive market forces has heightened the need for physicians to consider, and actively pursue, changes with respect to corporate structures and alliances.

Despite the pace of change sweeping the field, physicians across the country have found ways to survive and even prosper in the new marketplace. Groups that wished to leverage their current strengths and invested in survival strategies for the future have designed several different organizational structures that have been tested thoroughly in recent years and have shown remarkable resilience to previously uncontrollable market forces. With experienced guidance and effective leadership, many physician groups have used these new organizations to significantly influence how medical care is delivered in their market.

But what are these different organizational structures and how do you chose the one that is right for your particular situation? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? What is required in terms of time and capital? How much time should the process take? The La Penna Group has addressed many of these issues in the following documents designed to assist the physician in determining which road might best lead him or her to success in the future. Please feel free to download and use these and other resources as you explore your options. If we may answer any questions or be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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