When you’re trying to win a race, you need more than a driver. It takes experts on gas, tires, jacks and glass, all moving together. That’s the way medicine will look in the future. A pit crew of general practitioners, specialists, diagnostics, nutritionists and caregivers aided by the advances in monitoring and modeling that advance health at the personal and the population levels. Alter+Care uses its facilities to build that team of practices and programming in every building. Our clients see medicine the way we do -- as a provider-led continuum of pre-acute, inpatient and post-acute facilities with a strong primary-care gatekeeper. Hospitals must demonstrate that they can serve as agents of integration, investing in continuum linkages so they can direct patients to low-cost sites. That’s where Alter+Care comes in – to build facilities that represent a more sustainable model of care, delivering high-impact prevention and treatment.
“Physicians were always predominantly self-employed, working alone or in small private-practice groups. American hospitals tended to be community-based. But that's changing. Hospitals and clinics have been forming into large conglomerates. And physicians — facing escalating demands to lower costs, adopt expensive information technology, and account for performance — have been flocking to join them. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only a quarter of doctors are self-employed — an extraordinary turnabout from a decade ago, when a majority were independent. They've decided to become employees, and health systems have become chains.”
The New Yorker