Here, courtesy of Tenet Healthcare and two terminated cardiologists is a lesson about firing physicians . . . and, when not to.
Let’s say you are the leader of a medical group. It could be a small group of a handful of physicians. Or, you could be the President and CEO of a 600 or 6,000 provider group. It does not make any difference.
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Each negotiation has its own timing, not one set by a standard recipe or by a clock on the wall or on the calendar, but one that can be, and should be, set by you.
In a move reminiscent of prohibition-era crime fighter Eliot Ness, the U.S. Department of Justice recently announced a coordinated enforcement action against 345 alleged healthcare criminals, including over 100 physicians and other licensed (for now) healthcare professionals, in 51 judicial districts.
We used to joke about the name of Midway Hospital, an acute care hospital in L.A., saying that it was midway between life and death.
Another week, another hospital closes. Well, at least one.
It is a crime, a violation of antitrust law, to conspire to allocate a market, thus driving up the price. It is particularly egregious when the conspiracy involves the market for medical care for cancer treatment.
Ah, the shiny object, the more or less instant gratification.
Quick quiz: If a patient or a payor has the choice of having a procedure performed (A) on a hospital inpatient basis, or (B) on an outpatient basis, then, assuming it's safe to perform that procedure on that patient in either setting, at which setting will it be performed?