As a group director at a growing, university-based hospitalist program, I often interview aspiring academic hospitalists. Inevitably, the conversation turns to a coveted aspect of the job. I’m not talking about the salary. Applicants want to know, “How much time will I spend on teaching services?” Because hospitalists at academic institutions typically are passionate about… [Read More]
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Negotiating salaries. Improving patient flow. Increasing patient satisfaction. Reducing readmissions. Championing quality improvement efforts. Planning strategically. Handling schedule issues. Dealing with coverage issues. Working on Ebola preparation. Being on call 24 hours a day for an urgent concern from hospital administration or a hospitalist. Hospitalist group leaders often feel they are pulled in multiple directions… [Read More]
Insurers’ use of certain criteria to separate hospital stays into inpatient or observation status remains widespread. Observation status ensures provider reimbursement for hospitalizations deemed necessary by clinical judgment but not qualifying as inpatient care. Admission under observation status impacts the patient’s financial burden, as well, with observation admissions typically associated with increased out-of-pocket costs. Although… [Read More]
The rise of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), a group of healthcare providers who are answerable for the overall care of patients assigned to them, inclusive of quality and cost, accelerated as a result of the Affordable Care Act. In September CMS announced quality and financial performance results for the 18-month reporting period showing that 53… [Read More]
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