Steve Frantz, CFO of LifePoint Hospitals' United Division, sat down recently with HealthLeaders to look ahead to 2013 on a number of fronts. Many of the important topics will be familiar: Reimbursement pressures, volume trends, quality improvement and acquisitions. Another of the company's big focus areas for 2013 will be adding primary care physicians to its regional networks and keeping them more engaged with inpatient operations.
Employment of physicians is an important strategy to direct care back to our facilities and specialists who support our local facilities. This strategy should allow more patients to receive care close to home and also promote standardization and coordination of care in our communities.