Relationships between healthcare organizations and physicians are a growing trend within the industry as more doctors become employees of hospitals. Building healthy working relationships between the two factions is important, says David Ebel, who retired from the Mayo Clinic in 2006 after having spent 19 years in finance and 10 as CFO. “In the past it was easy: Doctors knew how to practice medicine, admins knew how to run a hospital. But they aren’t two separate things. The two groups need to come together to work towards making changes for ACO, Medicare, readmissions and reducing cost from the system,” said Ebel. “Besides, I’d rather have a physician decide where we can economize in the care that we receive more than an admin!”

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