Press Release

69% of Physician Leaders Agree Doctors Should Be Accountable for Costs, in Addition to Quality of Care

August 3, 2015 at 8:30 AM EDT

The First of a Three-Part Research Series Conducted by the American Association for Physician Leadership and the Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis reveals important trends about the value of physician leadership

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 3, 2015-- More than two-thirds (69 percent) of physician leaders surveyed agree that doctors should be held accountable for costs of care, in addition to quality of care, according to a new survey jointly conducted by the American Association for Physician Leadership® and the Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis (Center).

Conducted in spring 2015, the comprehensive survey – which will be released in three parts in the coming weeks – examines physicians’ attitudes toward healthcare reform, physician leadership competencies and the move from fee-for-service to value-based care delivery and payment models. The survey included 2,398 physician leaders (including chief medical officers and senior-level medical executives) from a range of organizations and practice settings. Fifty-five percent of respondents surveyed believe the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is “more good than bad.”

“Physicians want what is best for their patients, so as they review the ACA, I think they resonate with how the good aspects of the bill can improve health care,” said Peter Angood, MD, FACS, FRCS(C), MCCM, president and CEO of the association. “The insights from this survey will continue to guide our mission of providing physician leaders with the key competencies and skills necessary to deliver the highest quality of care to America’s patients.”

Additional findings from the survey include:

  • Fifty-seven percent of respondents agree or strongly agree that accountable care organizations (ACOs) will be a permanent model for risk-sharing with payers in the years ahead
  • Sixty-three percent of respondents disagree or strongly disagree that “the elimination of FFS (fee-for-service) incentives in favor of value-based payments will hurt the quality of care provided to patients”
  • Fifty-eight percent of respondents agree or strongly agree that transparency about physicians’ business dealings is a positive trend for the profession

“As the U.S. healthcare system transitions to value-based care, it is critically important that physicians play a key role in helping to reduce costs, while still delivering high-quality care,” said Paul Keckley, PhD, managing director of the Center. “The survey results demonstrate an important shift among physician leaders – they recognize the changes in the market and are eager to gain access to tools and training to manage their expanded set of responsibilities.”

The next two reports will respectively focus on key physician leadership competencies and perceptions / attitudes relative to the transition from volume to value-based care.

To read the full results of the survey and to learn more information about Navigant’s Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis, visit and the American Association for Physician Leadership website

About the American Association for Physician Leadership

The American Association for Physician Leadership (formerly the American College of Physician Executives) is the nation's largest health care organization for physician leaders. Since its founding in 1975, the primary focus of the organization is providing superior leadership and management skills to physicians of all types and encouraging them to assume more active leadership roles in the health care industry. In addition to training more than 100,000 physicians, the organization has grown to more than 11,000 members, including chief executive officers, chief medical officers, vice presidents of medical affairs, medical directors and other physician leaders from more than 46 different countries. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter @physicianslead.

About Navigant

Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: NCI) is an independent specialized, global professional services firm that combines deep industry knowledge with technical expertise to enable companies to defend, protect and create value. With a focus on industries and clients facing transformational change and significant regulatory and legal issues, the Firm serves clients primarily in the healthcare, energy and financial services sectors which represent highly complex market and regulatory environments. Professional service offerings include strategic, financial, operational, technology, risk management, compliance, investigative solutions, dispute resolutions services and business process management services. The Firm provides services to companies, legal counsel and governmental agencies. The business is organized in four reporting segments – Disputes, Investigations & Economics; Financial, Risk & Compliance; Healthcare; and Energy. More information about Navigant can be found at

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