Educate with this big picture look at the external forces affecting physician practices


Use this tool to engage people about the external forces impacting your team and the patient experience.

  • Broaden perspectives about what’s driving change
  • Generate strategic thinking
  • Set the context for operational change
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There are many external forces exerting change on physician groups. We have chosen to focus on the following:

  1. Healthcare is Too Expensive
    • Aging population and demographics
    • Expensive mix of treatments
    • New costly drugs and technologies
  2. Struggle to Survive
    • Difficult to Remain an Independent Physician Practice
    • Challenging Relationship with Parent Hospital/Owner
    • Ongoing mergers and acquisitions
  3. Increasing Oversight and Regulation
    • Time-consuming administrative and regulatory burdens
    • Payment policies mandated by insurers and government favor large
    • Antitrust concerns
  4. Pressure to Improve Outcomes
    • Improve patient safety
    • Lower costs
    • Holistic view of the patient
  5. Society’s Demand for More Accountability
    • Opioid addiction epidemic
    • Increased transparency
    • Community health partnerships
  6. Growing Consumer Expectations
    • Telemedicine
    • Personalized care
    • Lowest cost and no surprises
  7. Growth of Alternative Payment Models
    • Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)
    • Bundled payments
    • Pay-for-performance formulae
    • MACRA and MIPS
  8. New Type of Competitors
    • High-service retail clinics
    • High-tech medical groups
    • Private-equity backed organizations
  9. Technological Challenges
    • Cloud-enabled data-sharing
    • Increased transparency
    • Cyberattacks and data-protection

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  • Drive strategic discussions among leaders
  • Equip managers with information that will aid their decision making
  • Bring your employees clarity and understanding about the healthcare industry
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Coming Soon:

You’ve learned about the nine powerful external forces causing upheaval for physician practices. But that’s not the end of the story.

There are seven major internal factors that are enabling physician practices to improve patient outcomes and the way they do business. Use HealthyIQ’s Physican Practice: Internal Big Picture to learn—and explain to others—why and how physician practices are changing. Sign up to get a notification when it’s released!