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Hospitalist Leadership Connection, August 16, 2006

1. Term "hospitalist" turns 10

August 15 marked the 10-year anniversary of the date the term "hospitalist" was coined in a New England Journal of Medicine article co-authored by the University of California at San Francisco's Robert Wachter, MD.

In a Q&A interview in the August issue of Today's Hospitalist, Wachter predicts that early estimates of 10,000 to 30,000 hospitalists 10 years from now might fall short of the 30,000 to 50,000 he anticipates will be on the job by 2016.

According to Wachter, two key factors are driving the increased estimate:

To access the article, click here.

2. Program aims to improve the inpatient experience

In an effort to improve patient care, Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, and Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene (NH) began a program in June called "How's Your Care." The survey, which patients take while still in the hospital, asks questions such as the following:

After taking the online survey, the program prints a form summarizing the patient's needs, which the patient is asked to give to his or her hospital care team.

To learn more about the program, go to Briefings on Quality Improvement and Data (BQIDR). For the cost of just three stories, you can get the entire August issue of BQIDR. Click here to choose between the PDF and HTML versions for just $30. Subscribers to the online version of BQIDR have free access to this article. Subscribers to the print newsletter can find this article in their August issue.

3. Hospital CEO salaries rise in 2006

The average salary for hospital chief executive officers (CEO) nationwide rose 4.85% from 2005 to 2006, according to Oakland, NJ-based Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS).

HCS reported in a press release August 3 that the national average salary of CEOs/administrators receiving bonuses was $315,891. The national average for just the bonus portion of that salary figure was $135,182-or 42.7% of the total salary package, according to HCS.

Some 374 hospitals participated in the HCS study, which reported CEO salaries by bed size (up to 299, 300-599, 600+, and all combined).

For details about obtaining the complete 280-page report on hospital CEO salaries, click here.

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