In the Physician–Manager Alliance, the authors assert that the key to success for any health care organization is a strong partnership between managers and physicians who have the common goal of providing patients with high quality health care.They detail a strategy for fostering a new positive dynamic between clinicians and managers?and demonstrate how the alliance can implement effective policies and procedures to provide health care that is not only responsive to patients' needs, but also timely, considerate, and technologically appropriate.In addition, Davidson and McCollom examine the state of current health care practice, and offer informed guidance for needed improvements. In one example, they outline a problem–solving approach for more adaptable and flexible decision making that is effectively applied to many situations and organizations.
STEPHEN M. DAVIDSON is associate professor of health care management and management policy and former director of the graduate program in health care management at Boston University School of Management. He is the author and co–author of several books, including Medicaid Decisions: A Systematic Analysis of the Cost Problem (1980) and The Cost of Living Longer: National Health Insurance and the Elderly (1980). MARION MCCOLLOM is associate professor of organizational behavior at Boston University School of Management. She coedited Groups in Action: A New Perspective on Group Dynamics (1990). JANELLE HEINEKE is assistant professor of operations management at Boston University School of Management. She has over fifteen years of clinical health care experience, as well as ten years of health care industry management experience in hospitals and HMOs.
"The authors have written an important book, underscoring the necessity of cooperative and collaborative relationships between physicians and managers. Such partnerships of medicine and management, whose destinies are inextricably intertwined, are essential if organizations are to effectively and efficiently operate for the benefit of the people they serve." Howard S. Zuckerman, professor, School of Health Administration and Policy, and director, Center for Health Management and Research, Arizona State College of Business