HFMA

27 August 2015

As hospitals and health systems across the country progress on their partnership journeys and strive to infuse more value into value-based care, one area of potential collaboration remains stuck at the starting gate. Academic medical centers (AMCs) and community hospitals—two organizations that often are aligned geographically and serve similar populations—continue to favor competition over collaboration.

Along with potentially leaving AMCs and community hospitals exposed to unsustainable costs and threats from outside competition, failure to overcome this longstanding division also creates inefficiencies in care delivery that affect the patient experience.

With these risks in mind, AMCs and community hospitals should move away from competition and toward collaboration. Although that won’t happen overnight, there are three partnership structures AMCs and community hospitals can consider: bottom-line asset merger, affiliation agreement and disease-specific co-management partnership.

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