With patient co-management arrangements between hospitalists and other surgical and medical subspecialists becoming more common, HM17 attendees won’t want to miss Tuesday afternoon’s session at 3:15–4:20 p.m., “Redefining Co-management in Hospital Medicine.”
“We’ll provide hospitalists effective co-management programs at their respective hospitals,” said copresenter William Atchley Jr., MD, FACP, SFHM, a hospitalist with Sentara Heart Hospital in Norfolk, Va.
More hospital medicine groups are getting involved in co-management, the presenters said. There are two primary models: one in which the hospitalist is the attending of record and the subspecialist is the co-manager and another in which the subspecialist is the attending of record and the hospitalist serves as the co-manager. “Either model can work with the right agreements put in place,” Dr. Atchley said.
“We’ll go through some of what we feel are the undiscovered benefits of having a co-management service,” said copresenter Mark Goldin, MD, FACP, a hospitalist at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. “I think a lot of people will be interested to hear that because research on co-management has been mixed, up to this point.” For example, he said, SHM engagement surveys have indicated that hospitalists who do co-management may be at reduced risk of burnout.
Also important is creating a metrics dashboard and monitoring and updating it regularly, Dr. Karlin-Zysman added. “Not only does it keep both sides honest, but it’s how you garner support from the C-suite.”
The Society of Hospital Medicine has resources available to help, Dr. Atchley said. The SHM website includes aThere also is a listserv called HMS Exchange, in which hospitalists can discuss comanagement topics.
“Co-management is not going away. It’s something that hospitalists are going to be involved with,” Dr. Atchley said. “It’s important to come up with the right agreement and, at the same time, work with everybody in collaboration to improve patient care.”
Redefining Co-management in Hospital Medicine
Tuesday, 3:15–4:20 p.m.