Hospital-physician aligment : the past, present and future.

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Caspersen School of Graduate Studies

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Master of Medical Humanities


The thesis serves to address the current issues with the United States health care business market, while specifically examining hospital and physician alignment of goals and strategy. A historical look is taken to consider what has shaped modern health care from the early 1900s. Significant changes with payment models and delivery structure have led to the issues we experience today. Looking forward, the research explains that engaged physicians and supportive hospital organizations provide better care. Incorporation of Medical Humanities into the hospital culture as well as quality driven incentive structures will shape modern healthcare. The goal for all health care providers as well as patients is to provide or experience higher quality care at a lower cost, and the thesis considers how that can be achieved.