Traditionally, a doctor's role has been as a patient's advocate, with a focus on medical care and clinical decision-making. To be an effective clinician, some believe that a physician should be separated from conflicting financial interests, and administrative management should be outsourced to nonclinical administrators. As health care consolidation accelerated, the divide continued to grow between physicians and hospital executives, resulting in physicians being siloed as “providers” and administrators becoming divorced from the needs and challenges of their staff. This has created multiple challenges, including suboptimal communication, operational inefficiencies, and financial loss. By re-engaging physicians in health care administration, we can begin to address some of these entrenched challenges.

Physician engagement is the investment of a physician's time outside of direct patient care. Engagement has been shown to increase physician retention, improve cost savings, and increase hospital quality metrics. For instance, Stanford Health has found that engaging physicians in the...

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