On any given issue within a group practice—whether operational or organizational—it may be difficult for an individual physician partner to see the issue from any perspective other than his or her own. Older physicians sometimes don’t understand the younger physicians’ points of view and vice versa. Longtime practice competitors or rivalries may loom larger in some partners’ minds than in others. Some physicians have stronger alliances with specific hospitals than others do.
In these situations, the group practice manager or CEO may be an invaluable resource. This look at what orthopaedic surgeons can and should expect from their group practice manager outlines some of the more conceptual contributions a practice executive makes.