When fee-for-service reimbursement ultimately does give way to alternative reimbursement models, such as global payments, effective team-based care will become paramount to ensure effective hospital discharges and that preventable readmissions are minimized, Dr. Li says. He urges hospitalists to prepare their programs to manage a sicker patient population, and to cultivate the strongest possible coordination and alignment with PCPs, discharge planning professionals, and outpatient providers of all sorts. That way, hospitalists will be positioned to leverage their value in a healthcare system that requires value.
Christopher Guadagnino is a freelance medical writer based in Philadelphia.
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