15 Statistics on Physician-Hospital Alignment

The following statistics are from the PricewaterhouseCoopers 2010 report, "From courtship to marriage: Why health reform is driving physicians and hospitals together." To inform this report, PwC Health research Institute conducted 15 in-depth interviews with thought leaders and executives representing providers, payors and professional associations. This insight is combined with data collected from a 2010 online survey of more than 1,000 physicians balanced by age, gender, practice type and specialty.

Top five reasons physicians don't trust hospitals

Of those physicians who do not trust hospitals, there are five main reasons why:

• Competing goals: 60 percent.
• Lack of physician leadership/representation on the board: 56 percent.
• Lack of transparency: 56 percent.
• Lack of communication among physicians and hospital administrators: 50 percent.
• Incentives not aligned: 50 percent.

Top five reasons physicians think hospitals want them

Physicians believe the following reasons contribute to hospitals wanting physician alignment:

• Consolidate market power for payer negotiations: 68 percent.
• Decreased costs and increased efficiency: 66 percent.
• Increased patient and ancillary revenues: 65 percent.
• Improved patient outcomes: 64 percent.
• Enhanced coordination of care across the continuum: 65 percent.

Top five reasons physicians want hospital alignment

• Improved work-life balance: 63 percent.
• Competitive benefits and retirement package: 57 percent.
• Job satisfaction: 57 percent.
• Increased annual income: 56 percent.
• Consistent income: 40 percent.

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