Attributes of Successful Hospitalist Groups
April 27, 2016
In the first two installments of my own list of attributes that are important underpinnings of successful hospitalist groups, I covered group culture and decision making, recruiting, the importance of a written policy and procedure manual and performance dashboard, and roles for advanced practice cl
Tips for Policy and Procedure Manuals, Along with Roles for NP/PAs
March 31, 2016
Editor’s note: Second in a three-part series. This month continues my list of important issues that help position your hospitalist group for greatest success.
Revisiting the ‘Key Principles and Characteristics of an Effective Hospital Medicine Group’
March 10, 2016
It has been two years since the “Key Characteristics” was published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.1 The SHM board of directors envisions the Key Characteristics as a tool to improve the performance of hospital medicine groups (HMGs) and “raise the bar” for the specialty. At SHM’s annual mee
A Closer Look at Characteristics of High-Performing HM Groups
March 2, 2016
Early in 2015, SHM published the updated edition of the “Key Principles and Characteristics of an Effective Hospital Medicine Group,” which is a free download via the SHM website.
A New Schedule Could Be Better for Your Hospitalist Group
January 13, 2016
Present “hospitalist” in a word association exercise to a wide range of healthcare personnel in clinical and administrative roles, and many would instantly respond with “seven-on/seven-off schedule.” Some numbers from SHM’s 2014 State of Hospital Medicine report: 53.8%: Portion of hospitalist
Concerns Grow as Top Clinicians Choose Nonclinical Roles
December 22, 2015
On a spring day a couple of years ago, I met with some internal medicine residents in a “Healthcare Systems Immersion” elective.
Poor Continuity of Patient Care Increases Work for Hospitalist Groups
November 30, 2015
[caption id="attachment_12166" align="alignright" width="295"] Image Credit: ILLUSTRATION/PAUL JUESTRICH; PHOTOs shutterstock.com[/caption] I think every hospitalist group should diligently try to maximize hospitalist-patient continuity, but many seem to adopt schedules and other operational prac
Eliminations Hospitalist Groups Should Consider
November 4, 2015
[caption id="attachment_11771" align="alignright" width="295"] Image Credit: SHUTTERSTOCK.COM[/caption] Editor’s note: Second in a continuing series of articles exploring ways hospitalist groups can cut back. In last month’s column, I made the case that most hospitalist groups should think abo