The American Medical Association is collaborating with hospitals, independent physician associations, our nation’s largest integrated health care systems’ leaders and payers to cultivate successful physician leadership that improves the value of care for patients. Working with these stakeholders to bring clinical skills and business insights together at the leadership level, the AMA is fostering a more cohesive and integrative decision-making process within hospitals and health care systems.

To help hospitals and health care systems institute that kind of decision-making process, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the AMA released "Integrated Leadership for Hospitals and Health Systems: Principles for Success" in June 2015.

“Principles” provides a guiding framework for physicians and hospitals that choose to create an integrated leadership structure but are unsure how to best achieve the engagement and alignment necessary to collaboratively prioritize patient care and resource management. Read the press release (PDF) to learn more about the "Principles."

The AHA and the AMA are expanding the conversation between health care leaders and policymakers on the need for greater physician-hospital alignment to achieve the Quadruple Aim (better patient experience, better population health, lower overall costs and improved professional satisfaction) and to move toward a reformed system.

Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), introduced H.R. 2513, the “Promoting Access, Competition, and Equity Act of 2015 (PACE Act of 2015)” (PDF) on May 21, 2015, which would allow certain physician-owned hospitals to expand their facilities and remain competitive, continue their solid record of providing the highest quality care to patients and contribute significantly to the communities they serve. AMA strongly supports this legislation since existing legal restrictions on physician-owned hospitals puts them at a competitive disadvantage, making it difficult for these care centers to respond to the health care needs of their local communities.

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