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Implementing “Systemness” into Health System Consolidation

Sponsored by MDReview
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
At the Physicians and Physicians Organizations Law Institute

This luncheon presentation is brought to you by the Medical Staff, Credentialing, and Peer Review Practice Group (MSCPR PG).


Increased hospital and health system consolidation has emphasized the varied challenges of unifying medical staff cultures and the ever-growing web of system-wide service lines and hospital credentialing, privileging, and quality activities. Many of these activities are becoming more centralized as health systems search for greater standardization, efficiency, and cost reduction. This presentation will use hands-on experience from an in-house perspective to discuss the many challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned when integrating service lines and multiple medical staffs into a health system, including:

  • Considerations and lessons learned when merging medical staff governance and leadership perspectives;
  • Making system-wide service lines work;
  • The relationship between health system activities and traditional medical staff roles, qualifications and standards; and
  • Considering state peer review laws when centralizing service line, credentialing, privileging, and peer review activities.


    Amy L. Marquardt
    Vice President and General Counsel
    Hospital Sisters Health System, Clear Lake, IL
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