The Value of Physician Comanagement Agreements

A roundtable discussion on what comanagement means to orthopaedic surgeons

New payment models and an increased emphasis on aligning hospitals and physicians have fostered growing interest in physician comanagement agreements. Under these agreements, which are usually between a hospital and a physician group, the focus is on a specific service line, as well as on improving quality and efficiency.

Recently, two members of the AAOS Practice Management Committee—Nicholas V. Colyvas, MD, assistant clinical professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery, University of California, San Francisco, and Thomas F. Murray Jr, MD, of the OA Centers for Orthopaedics, Portland, Maine—spoke with Craig R. Mahoney, MD, of Iowa Ortho in Des Moines, Iowa, and Robert Ritz, president of the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, about this trend and what it means for orthopaedic surgeons.

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