Practice Management

Service Distinction Crucial for Medical Claim Submissions

Service Distinction Crucial for Medical Claim Submissions

Hospitalists often are tasked with coordinating and overseeing patient care throughout a hospitalization. Depending on the care model and the availability of varying specialists, a patient could see several specialists throughout the stay, and even during a single day. A recurring issue for many hospitalists is justifying the medical necessity of their services, because payers… [Read More]

Figure 1. High-level admissions and discharges, as percent of all admissions and discharges; groups serving adults only

Academic Hospitalist Groups Lag Behind in Admissions, Discharges

In 2012, SHM reported increasing numbers of hospital encounters coded for high-level evaluation and management services, as reported by the 2012 State of Hospital Medicine (SOHM) survey respondents. The 2014 SOHM report shows a solid continuation of this trend, with high-level CPT codes predominating in admission and discharge services by wider margins than ever before…. [Read More]

Patient, Family-Centered Care at Veterans Affairs Hospitals

The journey toward patient and family centered care (PFCC) has been one of the hallmarks of early twenty-first century healthcare transformation. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA, including all of its VAMC hospitals) understands the critical importance of PFCC and has fully embraced—indeed, extended—its tenets as a core foundational structure going into the future. As full… [Read More]

Bob Wachter's New Book Examines Healthcare in Digital Age

Bob Wachter’s New Book Examines Healthcare in Digital Age

This month, Bob Wachter, MD, MHM, chief of the division of hospital medicine at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center and well known for his work in patient safety and healthcare quality, debuts his latest book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age. The book explores… [Read More]

Technology May Offer Solutions to Hospitalists’ Readmissions Exposure

Almost weekly, a white paper, report, journal article, or press release touts a new program, software, or technology system offering to help hospitals improve their readmissions avoidance processes and penalty exposure. Does this new readmissions cottage industry offer value to hospitals? Some technologies focus on interdisciplinary team communication, with electronic repositories or virtual rounding, automated… [Read More]