Engaging affiliates is critical to health system success in value- based care (VBC) arrangements.
Providers are increasingly turning towards alternative payment arrangements as a new revenue strategy amidst rising competition.
At the same time, health systems continue to acquire or affiliate with private physician practices as a result of increased consolidation and competition for network referrals. And while the number of private primary care physicians continues to decrease, for many health systems, primary care affiliates remain a critical part of the health system strategy, accounting for 32% or more of total family care doctors.
As health systems continue to build these networks, engaging affiliates will be key to not only optimizing referrals, but meeting performance metrics that now affect the entire system.
While initial investments focused on employed physicians, in order to get to the next level in VBC contracting, health systems must also improve performance within their affiliate networks.