Practice Management

Use of Medical Scribes Spurs Debate About Costs, Difficulties of Electronic Health Records

Use of Medical Scribes Spurs Debate About Costs, Difficulties of Electronic Health Records

The hospitalists at six Illinois hospitals, physicians who are provided by Best Practices Inpatient Care, were grappling with some issues that might sound familiar to hospitalists around the country. The issues revolved around the electronic health record (EHR). First, “it’s a pain,” says Jeffry Kreamer, MD, chief executive officer of Best Practices. The Long Grove,… [Read More]

Hospitalists Support Medicare’s Plan to Reimburse Advance Care Planning

Hospitalists Support Medicare’s Plan to Reimburse Advance Care Planning

On July 8, following on the heels of the sustainable growth rate repeal, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a proposed update to the 2016 Physician Fee Schedule that would reimburse physicians and other qualified providers for conversations with patients and patient families about end-of-life care. It is yet another move toward higher… [Read More]

How Quality Improvement Programs Improve Hospitals, Communities

Starting QI programs in your hospital doesn’t just make the hospital better; it strengthens the health of your communities and advances the professional development of all of the hospitalists around you. And it’s now easier than ever to get started, right from your computer. Online Webinars Coaching a Quality Improvement Team: Basics for Being Sure… [Read More]

Hospitalists Key Partners in Healthcare’s Future, Evolution

After a career working for hospitals, I am about to retire as president and CEO of the American Hospital Association (AHA), an organization that represents some 5,000 hospitals and health systems. This moment compels me to look at the past—what we have learned and how hospitals have changed—and consider the possibilities the future holds for… [Read More]

Hospitalists Can Be Good Stewards of Healthcare Dollars

Are hospitals going to be allowed to start “patient profiling” in order to reduce costs? Hospitals already frequently operate their own state departments and perform “extraordinary medical renditions” on uninsured, critically ill noncitizens. Do you really expect us to believe they are identifying these patients in order to provide them more appropriate services? My impression… [Read More]