Physicians play a vital role in the delivery of health care services. It is therefore critical for administrators to recognize how relationships with physicians influence day to day operations as well as long term growth and sustainability in all types of health care organizations. With this awareness, health care administrators can work toward fostering positive and productive relationships with physicians, and lead others in doing so as well.

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Physicians play a vital role in the delivery of health care services. It is therefore critical for administrators to recognize how relationships with physicians influence day to day operations as well as long term growth and sustainability in all types of health care organizations. With this awareness, health care administrators can work toward fostering positive and productive relationships with physicians, and lead others in doing so as well.

Prepare for this Discussion by reviewing the information on physician relations presented in the Learning Resources, and reflecting on your own personal and professional interactions with physicians.

Think about the roles and responsibilities that physicians have in various health care organizations. Consider how organizational structure and culture, staffing, availability and use of technology, financial considerations, and other issues can impact physician relations and vice versa. Then, reflect on the opportunities and challenges that administrators may encounter as they strive to work effectively with physicians and motivate other health services personnel to work collaboratively as well.

Select one issue, opportunity, or challenge related to physician relations to focus on for this Discussion.

Describe a significant issue, opportunity, or challenge related to physician relations in health care organizations and explain why it is important.
Explain potential implications for health care administrators and provide two or more suggestions (based on the Learning Resources) for promoting productive relationships with physicians.

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