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AMA's 12 principles aim to improve physician-hospital relationships

Medical Staff Briefing, February 1, 2008

Today's healthcare environment is growing more competitive by the day, and it isn't limited to organizations competing for the same patients or the same dollars; often, the competition can occur right inside your facility's four walls as physicians and hospitals vie to protect their rights, their practice, and their bottom line. A new resolution, adopted by the AMA's House of Delegates in November 2007, outlines 12 principles the AMA believes will help strengthen physician-hospital relationships. Although both parties can use these principles to uncover weaknesses and kick-start discussions about unresolved topics, experts say that the best approach to hospital-physician relationships continues to be a balanced one.

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