Idle intravenous catheters are associated with preventable complications
December 15, 2016
Intravenous catheters are common and necessary for inpatient care, but peripheral – and especially central venous – catheters are associated with increased risk for local and systemic complications.
Keeping up with New Payment Models
December 7, 2016
For hospitalists, the arrival of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS, originally Physician Quality Reporting Initiative, or PQRI) marks the swerve in reimbursement complexity
A Quick Lesson on Bundled Payments
October 25, 2016
Bundled payment programs are the most visible of CMS’s episode payment models (EPMs)
Surveys Are Not the Most Effective Way to Improve Patient Satisfaction
October 12, 2016
I think the single most valuable thing to improve patient satisfaction with hospitalists is to phone patients after discharge
Thinking through the State of Hospital Medicine Report
August 27, 2016
Collections are up, but the number of encounters overall is down—what gives?
Simple Strategy for Addressing Problematic Patient Behavior
August 1, 2016
Linden Spital, NP, a psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner, staffs the Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Service at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Lesson in Improper Allocations, Unaccounted for NP/PA Contributions
June 22, 2016
I visited during a hot Florida summer in the mid 1990s and could readily see that the practice was great in most respects. The large multispecialty group had recruited talented hospitalists and had put in place effective operational practices.
Things Hospitalists Want Hospital Administrators to Know
May 24, 2016
I think it is really cool that this publication has a series of articles on “What Cardiologists [or infection disease specialists, nephrologists, etc.] Want Hospitalists to Know.” I’m always interested to see which clinical topics made the list and which I’m already reasonably familiar with versus k
8 Lessons for Hospitalists Turned Entrepreneurs
May 7, 2016
If you are a hospitalist, you are an entrepreneur almost by definition. All hospitalists are continuously engaged in improving the hospital experience for our patients.
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