Like life without an underlying philosophy, business without a purpose is simply giving in to the default position.
Medical group leaders are busy focusing on day to day activities: Most are deeply involved in direct patient care. Some, yes, some, also devote some time to working on their business. But there’s a pressing need to engage in strategy. Podcast: Play in new window | Download
Some leaders of hospital-based groups, and I use the term “leader” broadly, believe that their groups are a function of the hospital. If the hospital no longer wants to contract with them, then that would be it.
Robby the Robot. No, not a Da Vinci, but a robot just the same. And, fully functional.
Some leaders of hospital-based groups, and I use the term “leader” broadly, believe that their groups are a function of the hospital.
Just as no vote was required for a dictator like Castro to take over Cuba, no medical staff vote, no survey by Press Ganey, no long and drawn out process among “stakeholders,” is required to topple the status quo.
Is your medical group’s governance structure holding it back? A bloated board? A fully consensus style? Do you have a governor on you future?
If you’re a medical group leader, you must view your practice as consisting of several independent, yet coordinated, units, each of which requires a separate focus.