About Katie Collings Ray

Katie assists community hospital and physician medical group clients, as well as academic medical centers, with a variety of projects, including strategic planning, compensation plan development, fair market valuation, and service line assessment. Specifically, she has been engaged in multiple cardiology and oncology hospital/physician alignment transactions where she performed financial analyses, including the evaluation of provider-based conversions and 340B Drug Pricing Program participation; developed governance and funds flow structures; supported hospital/physician negotiations; and led the subsequent implementation of a newly formed alignment. Prior to joining ECG, Katie worked as a registered nurse at Rush University Medical Center in the Departments of Interventional Radiology and Emergency Medicine. Katie has a master of business administration degree from the University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Southern California. She is a licensed registered nurse.

Independent, Yet Integrated – The Increasing Popularity of PSAs

For hospitals and physicians alike, the concept of alignment can be an intimidating one.  But in a market that is demanding better value, an increasing number of organizations are pursuing stronger affiliations to better coordinate care, improve access, and ensure long-term financial viability. Physician employment has received much of the recent press, but it isn’t always an option. In California, for example, hospitals are precluded from directly employing physicians. Nor is employment always the best option, particularly for physicians who value autonomy. Continue reading