Health Care partner, Doug Swill, participated as a panelist in an AHLA webinar, titled, "Everything Old is New Again - Hospital/Physician Affiliations in an Accountable Care World," on Thursday, January 14. The webinar focused on the principal integration models that are available for health systems to partner with physicians and physician groups. Panelists reviewed the following affiliation options and related structural and fraud and abuse issues, as well as planning considerations for hospitals and physicians:
Hospital acquisition of physician practices and subsequent employment of physicians;
Professional service (independent contractor) and co-management agreements; and
Clinically integrated networks and accountable care organizations (ACOs).