The pre-course also covered effective roles for a variety of providers in a hospitalist group, including nurses, scribes, and coordinators, and delineated the benefits of providing telemedicine.
For group leaders and administrators in attendance, the session also shed light on how to interact with individual providers in their group and how to collaborate to build a healthy culture and practice, Ms. Flores said.
The day began with presentations that laid out valuable information and frameworks, including “A Tour of Survey Data: What It Does and Doesn’t Tell You” and “Defining and Measuring Value.” Sessions included six didactic lectures with a question-and-answer period, as well as what Dr. Nelson has dubbed “point/counterpoint” sessions in which faculty members debated particular issues, such as work scheduling models. During the last session, “Learning From Each Other,” participants shared with other attendees their own best practices in the areas covered.
Although there is no single best way to organize a hospitalist’s practice, the course provided lots of information and perspective to help listeners decide what is best for their practice.
“Even though we work in a stressful environment of constant change, hospitalists do have some control over their destiny, and there are things they can do to make hospitalist groups thrive in this challenging environment,” Ms. Flores concluded.