Practice Management

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TeamHealth-IPC Deal Latest in Consolidation Trend

Two deals involving hospitalist management firms were announced in the past week, further consolidating the ranks of staffing companies in the specialty. In the bigger deal, TeamHealth Holdings, Inc., last week agreed to acquire IPC Healthcare Inc. of North Hollywood, Calif., for $1.6 billion. The deal announcement highlighted IPC’s stake in both hospital and post-acute… [Read More]

Maintaining Board Certification Has High Hidden Cost

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) maintenance-of-certification (MOC) program could cost $5.7 billion in physicians’ time and fees over the next decade, according to a new model study. “We estimate that physicians will spend 33 million hours over 10 years to fulfill MOC requirements,” Dr. Dhruv S. Kazi from… [Read More]

Many Older Acute MI Patients Don’t Complete Rehab

(Reuters Health) – Most older adults who are hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction do not attend even one of the recommended cardiac rehabilitation sessions, according to a new study. Cardiac rehab increases physical and cardiovascular fitness through structured exercise and education sessions, said lead author Dr. Jacob A. Doll, of Duke Clinical Research Institute in… [Read More]

PHM15: Writing and Publishing Quality Improvement (QI)

Presenters: Dr. Patrick Brady, Dr. Michele Saysana, Dr. Christine White, and Dr. Mark Shen. Session analysis: QI is about making positive changes in the delivery of healthcare. Multiple QI interventions are been implemented daily throughout our hospitals. Some of those interventions result in positive changes and affect specific outcomes the way we want. It is… [Read More]

healthcare and medicine: doctors shaking hands

TeamHealth Announces $1.6 Billion Acquisition of IPC Healthcare

TeamHealth has acquired IPC Healthcare in an all-cash transaction with an enterprise value of approximately $1.6 billion, or $80.25 per share, according to a release on the TeamHealth website. The boards of directors of both companies have approved the transaction. TeamHealth, a physician staffing provider based in Knoxville, Tenn., is joining forces with North Hollywood, Calif.-based IPC, an… [Read More]

PHM15: Physical Burnout for Hospitalists

Presenters: Allison Ballantine and Lisa Zaoutis Physician burnout can be thought of as similar to water level in a reservoir during a drought – there is an imbalance between usage and replenishment. This leads to physician exhaustion, cynicism, and inefficiency. Burnout is a function of both the individual (younger, single, and less resilient are at… [Read More]

PHM15: Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Management in Febrile Infants

Drs. Pate and Engel presented a hot topic in pediatric hospital medicine, sparking fruitful conversation about current evidence, identified gaps, and controversies regarding the management of febrile infants with urinary tract infections. After the American Academy of Pediatrics published the updated clinical guideline in 2011, controversies about radioimaging, duration of treatment, and pursuit of laboratory… [Read More]

10 Tips for Hospitalists to Achieve an Effective Medical Consult

10 Tips for Hospitalists to Achieve an Effective Medical Consult

A medical consult is an amazing way to learn. Consultation challenges us to practice our best medicine while also exposing us to innovations in other specialties. It can forge new and productive relationships with physicians from all specialties. At its best, it is the purest of medicine or, as some put it, “medicine without the… [Read More]

The Difficulty of Predicting Physician Shortages

Much of the criticism directed at the IOM’s proposed revamping of federal GME funding stems from the idea that a graying population will place additional strains on a healthcare system that already is facing a significant doctor shortage. “Number one, they came out and said, ‘We don’t know that there’s a shortage of physicians and… [Read More]

New Expectations for Value-Based Healthcare

A new book by three leading hospital medicine advocates for maximizing efficiency and outcomes while managing costs and avoiding waste in healthcare—also known as value-based healthcare—offers a primer filled with practical advice for doctors and other clinicians.1 The hospitalist authors of Understanding Value-Based Healthcare, Christopher Moriates, MD, of the University of California-San Francisco, Vineet Arora,… [Read More]