Staff Model Hmo vs. Group Model Hmo

700 Words Dec 30th, 2013 3 Pages
Ashley Rassbach

LP2: Staff Model vs. Group Model HMOs

HMOs provide several benefits to both physicians and patients alike; however, both Staff Model HMOs and Group Model HMOs offer different types of benefits for both. Group Model HMOs are centered around multi-specialty medical groups that focus on the performance of the group as a whole; they tend to be a bit less structured than the Staff Model HMOs. Many Group Model HMOs have ties to hospitals in the areas in which they practice, but are legally independent of those hospitals. New physicians to group practices must sign a Non-Compete Clause to prevent stealing of patients and often face an entry barrier due to the reverence given to senior members of the HMO.

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New physicians would be able to focus more on the quality of their practice as opposed to productivity due to being paid on a salary-basis in a large organization that is better-equipped to train incoming physicians. Staff Model HMOs provide care in extensive health systems; therefore, there are abundant resources available to physicians, both physical resources and the resource of additional physicians’ minds and expertise.

Each patient is unique and has different values; therefore, each patient would be attracted to various HMOs for different reasons. Patients would be attracted to the Group Model HMO because it is likely to be a bit more personalized because of a smaller practice and a more laid-back atmosphere. The younger physicians in the practice would be more motivated to succeed; as a patient, that motivation is priceless. In addition, the ability of Group Model HMOs to associate with local hospitals and other local healthcare facilities would be beneficial so that if, as a patient, you required some sort of specialty care that your Group practice was unable to provide, you would be able to receive the necessary referral.

Patients could be attracted to Staff Model HMOs for a variety of reasons as well; because Staff Model HMOs are practiced in comprehensive medical facilities, all necessary resources are located in one place. Unlike the Group Model, new physicians would be salaried and would therefore not feel the pressure to “push,” patients