HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs: Aligning Hospitals and Physicians Toward Value

Press Releases, December 18, 2009

The government, patients, and employers are demanding higher value in healthcare, but the current payment structure still largely rewards hospitals and physicians based on the volume of services they provide. Recognizing that healthcare can't afford that model any longer, Wisconsin-based Gundersen Lutheran Health System, South Dakota-based SanfordHealth-MeritCare, St. Louis-based SSM Health Care, and Seattle's Virginia Mason Medical Center are using proven strategies in new ways to create physician alignment and better value in healthcare.

HealthLeaders Media, the premier producer of information resources for senior healthcare executives, announces the launch of HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs: Aligning Hospitals and Physicians Toward Value. Produced in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers this comprehensive industry intelligence report is available for complimentary download at

"Listen to the healthcare reform debate and you hear about improving technology and increasing value," says Jim Molpus, editor of the report and strategic relationships director for HealthLeaders Media. "The real-life action behind all that noise is entirely about one thing: how to get physicians into a new way of practicing within a coordinated system of care. Hospitals and physicians have been so busy in recent years looking for 'the perfect deal' that they may have lost sight on the fundamentals of organizational structure, clear goals, and shared values."

The full report, which includes four case studies, the highlights of a roundtable discussion, interactive charts, and embedded audios and videos is a dynamic, multimedia-rich PDF that offers:

  • Critical solutions for physician alignment models from the executive teams of Gundersen Lutheran, Sanford Health, Virginia Mason Medical Center, and SSM Health Care
  • A look behind the trends with interactive charts and graphs.
  • Insights from more than 20 healthcare executives.
  • Live links to hear and view featured executives' advice in on-demand audio and video clips

"Physician alignment is one of the big questions in healthcare today, and having a multi-media platform of written analysis, video and audio insight, and interactive charts is an ideal way to communicate complex issues in an engaging format," says Matt Cann, publisher of HealthLeaders Media.

To find out more about Breakthroughs: Aligning Hospitals and Physician Toward Value and sign up to be alerted about upcoming Breakthroughs, including Sound Financial Management, coming in February, go to

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