Practice Management

Why Hospitalist Morale is Declining and Ways to Improve It

Using quotes to ensure that the results were only those that include the two words adjacent to one another, rather than separated, I entered the following phrases into my Google search engine: “hospitalist burnout” = 1,580 results “hospitalist morale” = 208 results “hospitalist well-being” = 0 results I think the number of results suggests the… [Read More]

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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]

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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]