Medicine & Business

Vertical versus virtual integration

Vertical integration, as an asset-based method of organizing health care delivery, has some drawbacks. Virtual integration may be one alternative solution, emphasizing coordination through patient management agreements, provider incentives and information systems, rather than investment in large numbers of facilities and people.

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Characteristics of successful POs

Some of the distinguishing characteristics of future, successful physician organizations are clear: they’re found in the organizations that perform well today. Some predictions of what the best organizations will look like in the second generation.

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Cutting overtime compensation

Employers often make mistakes when dealing with an employee’s status as exempt from overtime pay, which can be as costly as they are unforeseen. Some cautionary advice on how to reclassify employees from non-exempt to exempt status.

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