Survey finds growing movement for physician leadership training

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Results of a comprehensive survey by the American Association for Physician Leadership® and Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis has found physician leadership development training programs to be growing throughout the U.S. health care system.

Results of a comprehensive survey by the American Association for Physician Leadership® and Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis has found physician leadership development training programs to be growing throughout the U.S. health care system.

While 47 percent of respondents said their organizations conduct some kind of physician leadership development program, another 16 percent said they are aware of plans to create one. The survey, conducted in spring 2015, was completed by 2,398 members of the association.

The term “physician leadership development training program” was not defined for the purposes of the survey. However, respondents shared a range of open-ended responses when responding to programs at their organization, from periodic seminars and several day offsite sessions to robust programs requiring advanced degrees or multi-year programs focused on a range of management topics.

“In the industry, there is an increasing awareness of the need for improved physician engagement and integration of physicians and, as that occurs, there’s obviously a natural movement of having physicians engaged in the leadership of different types of health care systems,” said Peter Angood, president and CEO of the association.

The survey also found widespread agreement among respondents that physician leaders must show certain attributes. At least 95 percent of respondents found a number of leadership competencies as “important” or “very important” including the ability to develop relationships, skillful communication, adaptability and strategic perspective.

“The survey results demonstrate the timely need to educate and empower physicians as leaders within health care organizations,” said Paul Keckley, PhD, managing director of the Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis. “In order to hold physicians accountable for value-based care, it is imperative to create consistent methodology for managing costs and delivering high-quality care.”

Among other findings, revealed in the survey:

  • 63 percent of respondents agreed that business knowledge in purchasing goods and services for the organization was important or very important
  • 65 percent considered business knowledge in negotiating with lenders or investors to be important or very important
  • 78 percent said business knowledge in evaluating risks associated with acquisitions or new businesses is important or very important
  • 90 percent of respondents said business knowledge in understanding finances and access to capital is important or very important

Read the full story on the association website, physicianleaders.org. Additional findings from the research, which covered a broad range of questions relating to physician leadership and health care, will be released during coming weeks.

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About the American Association for Physician Leadership®
The American Association for Physician Leadership® is the preeminent U.S.-based organization for physician leaders worldwide. The association, formerly known as the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE), serves physicians at all stages of their careers through leadership education, career support and policy advocacy. Since its founding in 1975, it has grown to more than 11,000 members, including CEOs, chief medical officers and other top leaders. They hail from 46 nations worldwide. The association is known for its award-winning bi-monthly magazine, PLJ, and its other publications as well as for world-class leadership education, available to member and nonmember physicians. Its continuing medical education (CME) courses, offered online and at live conferences, can be applied to advanced degrees and certifications and are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Learn more online at physicianleaders.org, by email at info(at)physicianleaders(dot)org, on Twitter at @physicianslead or call 800-562-8088.

American Association for Physician Leadership®
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Tampa, Florida, 33602
800-562-8088
info(at)physicianleaders(dot)org

About the Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis
The Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis focuses on trends, policies and structural shifts in the health care market. Its scope includes hospitals, health systems, physician organizations, health plans, post-acute providers, state and federal health agencies and programs, medical device and drug manufacturers, health investors and retail health. The center uses primary research – surveys, predictive models, focus groups, case studies and advanced analytic tools – along with policy analysis of proposed legislation to inform industry leaders and policy makers about the intended and unintended consequences associated with continued changes in the health care industry.

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