November 24, 2013

Over the years, hospital administrators have employed numerous strategies to reduce costs and improve quality of care.  In spite of efforts to merge into larger systems, consolidate vendors, and establish lean operations programs, costs continue rising and gaps in quality remain.

Physician decision making is one of the largest drivers of the ultimate costs of care and the associated outcomes, yet it is largely, and often intentionally, left out of quality improvement and cost reduction efforts.  NAI Senior Consultant, Richard Blath, M.D., and Business Analyst, Levi Citrin, J.D., examine four critical components for actively managing and influencing physician decision making in Critical Management Tools for Getting Costs Under Control, published in the November issue of Physician Executive Journal.  Click here to read the article.