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Feature blog post: Where is the money?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 18, 2011

    Check out this week's feature blog post that looks at hospitalist compensation by Richard Rohr, MD...

Ask the expert: What might an employment model for surgical hospitalist program look like?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 31, August 3, 2011

    In the employment model, the hospital or a hospital-owned group practice employs the surgeons...

Balancing the costs of hospitalists

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 31, August 3, 2011

    A new study found that although patients cared for by hospitalists often have shorter lengths of...

Tip of the week: Determine what happens after hospitalist candidates are identified

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 29, July 27, 2011

    The following is a step-by-step guide for lining up interviews with hospitalist candidates.

How happy are hospitalists with their jobs?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 29, July 27, 2011

    The number of hospitalists in the US is growing, but are they really satisfied with their jobs? The...

Tip of the week: Select a billing service for your hospitalist group

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 28, July 20, 2011

    Billing for a medical practice requires the collection and submission of many specific items in a...

Tip of the week: Use references to determine whether a hospitalist candidate fits in

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 28, July 13, 2011

    When talking to a reference contact, the employer should describe the practice or specific elements...

Prevent lawsuits by avoiding medical record red flags

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 28, July 13, 2011

    As the number of hospitalists increase so does the number of patients under their care. As such...

Hospitals target primary care physicians for hospitalist roles

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 27, July 6, 2011

    Hospitals are targeting primary care physicians for positions as employed physicians of hospitals...

Medical residents should work no more than 16 hours without sleep

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 26, June 29, 2011

    Although the ACGME’s new Common Program Requirements will cut shift lengths for first year...

Duct tape effective at preventing infection

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 26, June 29, 2011

    Staff at hospitals that choose active surveillance and patient isolation to prevent bug...

Home health after hospitalization can decrease readmissions

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 26, June 29, 2011

    Patients with diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or congestive heart failure who...

Patients use "panic button" as last resort

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 25, June 22, 2011

    When given the option of pushing a “panic button,” patients are more likely to underuse...

Hospitalist salaries may be leveling off

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 25, June 22, 2011

    The national median annual salary for internal medicine physicians treating adult patients rose...

Number of nocturnists on the rise

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 24, June 15, 2011

    More hospitals are employing nocturnists to counter “the weekend effect,” a worrisome...

ACGME-compliant staffing model reduces costs for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 24, June 15, 2011

    When the ACGME released its new Common Program Requirements, many balked at the estimated cost of...

Admission is the best time to start a diabetes discharge plan

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 24, June 15, 2011

    The best time for physicians to start drafting a discharge plan for diabetic patients is when...

Hospitalists must speak patients' language

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 23, June 8, 2011

    A report from the National Blood Clot Alliance indicates that most patients don’t know what...

Hospitalist blamed for patient death

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 23, June 8, 2011

    Abraham Awwad, MD, a nephrologist at Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL, has filed a formal...

Younger patients receive better care than the elderly

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 23, June 8, 2011

    In the June issue of June Journal of the American Colleges of Surgeons, researchers found that...

Nurses and in-home visits key to reducing readmissions

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 23, June 8, 2011

    Assigning a nurse as the clinical manager or leader of care and including in-person home visits to...

Long lists of drug side effects may overwhelm physicians

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 22, May 31, 2011

    The long lists of potential side effects that accompany every drug can cause physicians to feel...

Happy 15th birthday, hospital medicine!

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 22, May 31, 2011

    Robert M. Wachter, MD, professor and associate chair of the Department of Medicine at the...

Need to pee? There's an app for that

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 22, May 31, 2011

    Hospitalists may want to consider a new hobby: writing apps for smartphones. Take William Johnston...

eICUs may reduce mortality rates

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 21, May 25, 2011

    Telemedicine may be just what the doctor ordered. The use of eICUs at UMass Memorial Medical Center...

Will physician burnout hamper healthcare reform?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 21, May 25, 2011

    Thirty to forty percent of physicians experience burnout during their careers, often related to...

Weekend admissions have higher mortality rates

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 21, May 25, 2011

    Patients who are admitted to the hospital during a weekend are more likely to die than patients who...

HM11 speaker discusses hospitalists' involvement in ED overcrowding

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 20, May 18, 2011

    Eric Howell, MD, SFHM, associate professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University and director of...

The ACO proposed rules: A party starter or a party killer?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 20, May 18, 2011

    We all anxiously, and many hopefully, waited and watched as the CMS proposed rules for the...

Society of Hospital Medicine and Press Ganey work together to create patient satisfaction tool

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 20, May 18, 2011

    The Society of Hospital Medicine and Press Ganey have together created a tool for measuring...

Hospital labor costs inch up in Q1

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 19, May 11, 2011

    Total compensation costs for hospital employees rose 0.5% in the first quarter of 2011, slightly...

Comprehensivist develops as new subspecialty

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 19, May 11, 2011

    According to a UPI article, a new emerging specialty is needed to tend to chronically ill...

Featured blog post: Alligators in the hospital

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 19, May 11, 2011

    My last two posts have dealt with the analogy between hospitalist program managers and...

Academic hospitalists burned out

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 18, May 3, 2011

    Academic hospitalists are increasingly burned out with less time dedicated to academic work.

Ask the expert: How can the group leader establish the hospitalist culture?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 18, May 3, 2011

    A hospitalist program leader has a responsibility to establish the culture of the organization and...

Q&A: What should the hospitalist program consider in measuring patient satisfaction?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 18, May 3, 2011

    Measuring patient satisfaction is easier said than done. Keep in mind that external factors beyond...

Cogent and HMG merge as largest hospitalist firm

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 17, April 26, 2011

    Cogent Healthcare and Hospitalists Management Group announced their merger to become the largest...

SHM releases position on hospitalist credentialing and medical staff privileges

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 17, April 26, 2011

    Hospital [m]edicine groups and hospital medical staffs should jointly determine the point at which...

Ask the expert: How can our program use hospitalist report cards for quarterly reports?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 17, April 26, 2011

    A hospitalist service might incorporate the hospitalist report card into quarterly reports...

HHS partners with hospitals for ambitious patient safety goals

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 16, April 19, 2011

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week launched a national collaboration...

New York has most end-of-life hospital stays

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 16, April 19, 2011

    New York has the highest number (46%) of chronically ill patients in the hospital at the time of...

One-third of hospitals not prepared for major disasters

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 16, April 19, 2011

    About one-third of hospitals are not prepared for mass-casualty disasters, according to a report...

IHI releases inpatient waste identification tool

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 15, April 12, 2011

    The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) recently released a free white paper with a Hospital...

Ask the expert: How can our program make a final decision on an interviewed candidate?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 15, April 12, 2011

    After interviewing a candidate, be prepared to make a decision on that candidate.

Items to discuss during provider--patient/family conference

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 14, April 5, 2011

    During admission, the hospitalist must gather pertinent information and coordinate the...

Featured blog post: Taming the alligators

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 14, April 5, 2011

    My last post introduced the idea that hospitalist medical directors are in the position of an...

Facilities with hospitalists may yield more patient satisfaction

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 13, March 29, 2011

    Press Ganey reported that facilities with hospitalists may lead to better patient satisfaction...

Faculty development leads to job satisfaction

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 13, March 29, 2011

    Although first-year academic hospitalist faculty may be skilled clinically, they might not be when...

Homeless patients incur higher hospital costs

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 12, March 22, 2011

    Homeless patients often have longer length of stay, resulting in higher hospital costs, according...

Hospital care makes up largest portion of healthcare spending at $1.2 trillion

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 12, March 22, 2011

    Making up the largest share (31%) of U.S. healthcare spending, hospital charges totaled $1.2...

Ask the expert: Who should be part of the crisis management team?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 12, March 22, 2011

    A crisis management team may be activated to deal with a multitude of problems, such as an abused...

Featured blog post: Will accountable care organizations create restraint of trade?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 12, March 22, 2011

    Proponents argue that ACOs will provide and manage care across the continuum of care settings...

Hospitalist-surgeon comanagement has no effect on outcomes

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 11, March 15, 2011

    Researchers found that implementing a hospitalist-neurosurgery comanagement service does not...

Attributes of a high-functioning practice

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 11, March 15, 2011

    John Nelson, MD, MHM, names eight identifiable qualities of a high-functioning practice.

Becker's names 50 top hospitals

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 11, March 15, 2011

    Becker’s Hospital Review announced its list of “America’s 50 Best Hospitals."

Palliative care cut hospital costs

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 11, March 15, 2011

    Patients who received palliative care on average incurred $6,900 less in hospital costs per...

Should smoking lead to unemployment?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 11, March 15, 2011

    Smoking is associated with significant healthcare costs and is a leading cause of preventable...

Anti-microbial soaps a wash?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 10, March 9, 2011

    Republicans may be washing pharmacy and retail store shelves of anti-microbial soaps because of the...

Incremental process improvements not enough to change healthcare

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 10, March 9, 2011

    In the March 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, authors Simon C. Mathews...

Tip of the week: How to conduct a performance appraisal

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 9, March 1, 2011

    Ideally, performance feedback should be a positive experience that brings out the best in both the...

Featured blog post: Draining the swamp

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 9, March 1, 2011

    The swamp contains all the things that prevent hospital care from being...

Tweets from self-identified physicians may go over the edge

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 24, 2011

    A recent letter to the Journal of the American Medical Association delves into what, exactly...

Tip of the week: Gradually orient new hospitalists

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 24, 2011

    Those first few days and weeks are critical, so it’s important to plan your orientation such...

'Clean' and dirty white coats equally dirty

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 8, February 22, 2011

    After an eight-hour work day, a freshly laundered white coat has the same amount of bacteria as a...

Ask the expert: Should I use a physician recruiting firm?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 8, February 22, 2011

    A recruiting firm is only as good as the individual recruiter assigned to the specific search.

Tip of the week: Recognize hospitalists' accomplishments

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 8, February 22, 2011

    Hospitalists anticipate, appreciate, and respond to recognition of their positive performance.

Back pain causes $9.5 billion costs in inpatient stays

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 7, February 14, 2011

    Back problems accounted for approximately 663,000 inpatient stays in the U.S. in 2008, according a...

Steps for healthcare leaders to reduce variation in care

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 7, February 14, 2011

    The American Hospital Association this month released “Health Care Leader Action Guide...

Models for hospital medicine

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 7, February 14, 2011

    As hospitalists continue to see steady increases in their compensation, hospital CFOs need to...

Getting hospitalist compensation right

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 6, February 8, 2011

    Like a baseball team banking on a designated hitter, many healthcare organizations are looking to...

Ask the expert: How will we decide how many hospitalists we need?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 6, February 8, 2011

    The hospitalist program should research how many unassigned patients are admitted through the...

Generating a hospitalist report card

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 6, February 8, 2011

    Using data hospital sources is the first step in generating a report card for a hospitalist service.

Competition doesn't affect inpatient care costs

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 5, February 1, 2011

    Despite the old economic principal that competition of services helps reduce the cost of those...

CMS issues guidance on hospital inpatient admissions

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 5, February 1, 2011

    CMS has released educational guidance to assist hospitals regarding inpatient admission decisions.

CMS to host open forum for hospital inpatient value-based purchasing program

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 5, February 1, 2011

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host an “open door forum” to...

Featured blog post: The 'S' word

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 5, February 1, 2011

    As value-based purchasing approaches, hospitalists are going to feel the heat from hospital...

Hospitalist mentoring deficient

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 4, January 25, 2011

    Hospitalist group leaders’ biggest concerns were about adequate hospitalist mentorship and...

Tip of the week: Use staff physicians as mentors

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 4, January 25, 2011

    Carefully select a mentor for each new hospitalist; that person will help determine the overall...

Practice management-physician group mergers on the rise

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 3, January 18, 2011

    Practice management companies continue to acquire hospitals and other hospitalist facilities.

Tip of the week: Conduct behavior-based interviews

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 3, January 18, 2011

    To gain the most out of this interview, consider conducting a behavior-based interview to...

Ask the expert: What is the return on investment for surgical hospitalist programs?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 3, January 18, 2011

    As with other hospitalist programs, a precise return on investment (ROI) is difficult to capture...

Free form: Satisfaction survey for PCPs

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 2, January 11, 2011

    To help us better serve you in the future, please check the box that best describes how you feel...

Have a story idea?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 2, January 11, 2011

    Share your story idea with HCPro, Inc., by e-mailing Associate Editor Karen M. Cheung at...

Rural hospitalists compensated 19k more than urban hospitalists

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 1, January 4, 2011

    A new survey confirms the well-known compensation difference that rural hospitalists earn more...

Tip of the week: Appropriately allocate for malpractice insurance before starting a hospitalist program

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 1, January 4, 2011

    Be sure to provide professional liability and malpractice insurance to protect hospitalists in...

Ask the expert: How often should the medical staff provide physicians feedback?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 1, January 4, 2011

    Because hospital quality programs traditionally focus on negative feedback, physicians don’t...

Featured blog post: When it's over, it's over

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 1, January 4, 2011

    January is the month of looking forward and looking back. It is also a good time to review the...

Hospitalist-neurosurgical comanagement cut hospital costs

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 52, December 28, 2010

    Comanagement between hospitalist and neurosurgeons can reduce hospitals costs, according to a new...

Measure patient satisfaction

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 52, December 28, 2010

    The following are possible questions to include in your own survey that specifically focus on...

Slideshow: The top blog posts of 2010

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 52, December 28, 2010

    We’ve compiled the top 10 news stories and tools of 2010 on the MedicalStaffLeader.com blog.

Free form: Sample letter to community providers announcing hospitalist expansion

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 51, December 14, 2010

    Find a sample letter to referring providers/primary care physicians/ specialists in the community...

Ask the expert: How should our surgicalist program schedule the OR?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 51, December 14, 2010

    Surgery differs critically in one regard—the activity in the operating room (OR).

Featured blog post: The candidate's face on Facebook---Should a hiring decision be based on social media conduct?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 51, December 14, 2010

    Would you hire a physician who posted questionable photos or comments relating to his or her...

Ask the expert: What is the formula for a hybrid bonus plan for hospitalist programs?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 50, December 14, 2010

    There is no one-size-fits-all formula when it comes to bonus compensation.

Free form: Patient satisfaction survey

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 50, December 14, 2010

    Find here a sample form for surveying patients who have recently been under the care of a...

Featured blog post: Patient harm: Still no improvement?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 50, December 14, 2010

    The results revealed that harm remains common, with little evidence of widespread improvement.

TJC sentinel event warns of inpatient suicide

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 49, December 6, 2010

    The Joint Commission last month issued a Sentinel Event Alert warning hospitals that patients who...

Tip of the week: Take care of yourself

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 49, December 6, 2010

    As the year winds down, it’s important to remember to take care of yourself, especially if...

Featured blog post: Where do we go from here?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 49, December 6, 2010

    Half of the state legislatures are now under Republican control, so there will be little progress...

Improving relationships and collaboration between referring physicians and hospitalists

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 12, December 1, 2010

    If your hospital had its own baseball league, would hospitalists and referring practitioners play...

Hospitalists frequently do not discuss code status with patients

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 48, November 30, 2010

    A new study finds that hospitalist attending physicians do not discuss code status, such as CPR...

Ask the expert: What is the staffing model for a startup program?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 48, November 30, 2010

    It is recommended that even for small programs, the hospital should commit to hiring a minimum of...

Create a newsletter for medical community users

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 48, November 30, 2010

    Because physicians are charged with communicating with parties outside the hospital walls...

Editor's note: Remember Hospitalist Leadership Connection archives are stored online

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 48, November 30, 2010

    Remember that you can find all the past issues of this e-newsletter online.

Hospitalist outsourcing becoming more common

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 47, November 17, 2010

    A hospitalist not employed by a hospital sees an average of 19% more patients than his or her...

Ask the expert: How should our surgical hospitalist program set performance objectives?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 47, November 17, 2010

    The primary reasons to undertake performance measurement are to determine whether the program is...

Free form: Preapplication and reference form

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 47, November 17, 2010

    As part of his or her preinterview assessments, the candidate should supply education and training...

Editor's note: Free book drawing for your feedback

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 47, November 17, 2010

    To continually offer you the best information, we’d like your opinion.

Components of a good compensation plan

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 46, November 16, 2010

    You can judge a proposed compensation plan based on the following questions.

Ask the expert: What should the first day of hospitalist orientation look like?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 46, November 16, 2010

    Tailoring the orientation style or duration to an individual hospitalist’s needs is good...

Featured blog post: Free sample impaired physician policy

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 46, November 16, 2010

    Download a sample impaired physician policy on MedicalStaffLeader.com.

Hospitalist compensation plateaus at $214k

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 45, November 9, 2010

    The nearly 700 physicians who treat adults reported a mean compensation of $214,075, up only 1.81...

Ask the expert: How should our hospital credential and privilege physicians for the outpatient section?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 45, November 9, 2010

    When physicians stop providing inpatient care (as delineated by inpatient privileges), hospitals...

Featured blog post: The downside to patient satisfaction scores

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 45, November 9, 2010

    Hospitalists have gotten lots of publicity over the years, and the name is usually spelled...

Ask the expert: What constitutes a consult?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 44, November 2, 2010

    A consult is not a referral. There is a big difference between the two terms, and it is reflected...

Learning about ethics

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 44, November 2, 2010

    Attending physicians can take an active role in instilling ethics into the student setting...

U.S. hospitalization rate levels off

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 44, November 2, 2010

    After declining hospitalizations from 1980 to 1995, the hospitalization rate has stabilized from...

The Joint Commission and hospitals aim to improve handoff communication

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 43, October 26, 2010

    Under the Joint Commission’s Center for Transforming Healthcare, the Hand-off Communications...

How to achieve medical staff collaboration

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 43, October 26, 2010

    Collaboration between in-house and outside hospital physicians doesn’t just happen; it must...

Ask the expert: How can we find hospitalists from the residency pool?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 43, October 26, 2010

    Build relationships with nearby residency programs with the target goal of reaching current and...

Poll: Has your organization implemented electronic medical records?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 43, October 26, 2010

    Take the poll and see what your peers have to say on MedicalStaffLeader.com.

Hospitalist extensivists reduce readmission and length of stay

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 42, October 19, 2010

    Hospitalists who expand their role as extensivists can reduce readmissions and lower length of...

Ask the expert: Who should be on the hospitalist performance team and committee?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 42, October 19, 2010

    Hospitalist programs develop a performance scorecard with the overall goal of monitoring and...

Lack of PCP follow up means longer length of stay and readmissions

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 41, October 12, 2010

    The time between the inpatient and outpatient setting is usually a high-risk period for patients...

How to reduce readmissions

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 41, October 12, 2010

    Patient education, family involvement in the discharge process, and follow-up appointments can...

Beware of the summit syndrome

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 41, October 12, 2010

    The summit syndrome, or the “paradox of experience and expertise,” refers to a...

Featured blog post: Spotlight from AHRQ--Q&A with John Maa about surgical hospitalists

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 41, October 12, 2010

    The Medical Staff Leader Blog caught up with John Maa, MD, FACS, surgical hospitalist and...

Ask the expert: What are some guidelines in developing patient admission protocol?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 40, October 5, 2010

    Some hospitalist programs require primary care physicians or referring providers (e.g., outpatient...

Featured blog post: The direct approach

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 39, October 5, 2010

    Some hospital medicine groups find that direct admissions work well for them and are an excellent...

Commercial-academic hybrid hospitalist unit fosters physician-hospital alignment, improved results

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 10, October 1, 2010

    When St. Louis–based St. Mary’s Health Center implemented a hospitalist program in...

Quality measures and better patient care

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 39, September 27, 2010

    Hospitals are improving the quality of care in heart attack, pneumonia, surgery, and...

Length of stay in Medicare patients

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 39, September 27, 2010

    In the Medicare population, complicated, nonsurgical patients in community hospitals had the...

Lack of PCP communication linked to post-discharge problems

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 39, September 27, 2010

    Hospitalized older patients of out-of-the-loop primary care physicians often experience...

Make your hospitalist program a key component of physician-hospital alignment

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 39, September 27, 2010

    Although this shift is great for physicians who would rather focus their practices in the...

Tip: Provide primary care physicians with this admission checklist

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 28, September 21, 2010

    Streamline the admission process and reduce the amount of time your hospitalists spend chasing down...

Q: What obligations should be included in the hospitalist employment agreement?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 38, September 21, 2010

    A: A hospitalist employment agreement should include a section titled “Physician’s...

Scheduling surgical hospitalists

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 38, September 21, 2010

    Scheduling a night shift surgeon who has no responsibility the day before or after the night shift...

Smaller base salary means more overall compensation and productivity

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 37, September 14, 2010

    Hospitalists who receive lower base salaries are more productive and ultimately receive higher...

Q&A: What is the most common hospitalist compensation model?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 37, September 14, 2010

    A: Currently, the most common method of compensating hospitalists is by combining fixed and...

How often should we hold team meetings for our surgical hospitalist program?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 37, September 14, 2010

    Full-team meetings should be held monthly and usually should include administration, physicians...

Teaching handoffs to medical students

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 36, September 7, 2010

    The Handoff Selective project is aimed at teaching a structured process, using written and verbal...

Flow of information at discharge

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 36, September 7, 2010

    Communication at the time of a patient’s discharge can be accomplished several ways.

Featured blog post: How much health did you make today?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 36, September 7, 2010

    Incentives are proliferating in hospital medicine and most are based on compliance with various...

Plan a successful transition to geographic units

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 9, September 1, 2010

    Although some hospitalist programs have embraced unit-based patient care delivery methods (known...

Dyad hospitalist model puts millions back into the bottom line

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 9, September 1, 2010

    Although hospitalists are well aware of their programs’ resource utilization and case...

Most of the hospitalist's day dedicated to documentation

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 35, August 31, 2010

    Hospitalists spend more time documenting and reviewing electronic medical records than directly...

Fragmented care increases patient length of stay

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 35, August 31, 2010

    Fragmented hospitalist care can lead to longer patient hospital stays.

Ask the expert: What is the best way to talk to reference contacts during recruitment?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 35, August 31, 2010

    A phone conversation is likely a better gauge for evaluation than words on paper.

Featured blog post: Sharpen the tools in your interactive recruitment marketing kit

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 35, August 31, 2010

    The urgency for reach out to these young recruits is high, and the channels with which to reach...

Ask the experts: Should we consider locum tenens hospitalists?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 34, August 24, 2010

    Many hospitals may be deciding to start a new hospitalist program, transition from a day program...

Hospitalist-run observation unit decreases length of stay

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 34, August 24, 2010

    A new study indicates that hospitalist-run observation or short-stay units can reduce patient...

Hospitalists fail to document patient obesity

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 34, August 24, 2010

    Hospitalists aren’t adequately documenting patient obesity, according to a recent study...

Patient satisfaction not affected by code status discussions

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 34, August 24, 2010

    Some physicians might avoid talking with their patients about the sensitive subject of code...

Keys to successful compensation planning

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 33, August 17, 2010

    Physician compensation planning requires a process that ensures that physicians drive positive...

Featured blog post: Pairing nurse directors with medical directors

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 33, August 17, 2010

    If your hospitalist program chooses to enlist the services of a nurse director, keep this chart...

Hospitalists pay for themselves at teaching hospitals

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 32, August 11, 2010

    A hospitalist program can be cost-effective at public teaching hospitals, according to a new study.

Can you defend your request to start a hospitalist program?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 32, August 11, 2010

    Answering this question will help physician leaders determine whether the administration...

How much weight should I put into national data on hospitalist compensation?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 32, August 11, 2010

    To determine a hospitalist’s base salary, hospitalist program managers, medical directors...

Featured blog post: Practice creep or value opportunity?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 32, August 4, 2010

    As hospital medicine continues to grow and demonstrate a positive impact on the nation’s...

How to determine base salary for hospitalists

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 31, August 3, 2010

    Determining proper base salary takes into account location, other physicians’ pay, and...

Featured blog post: What is hospital medicine?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 31, August 3, 2010

    Hospital medicine differs from other medical specialties in that it is not concerned with an organ...

Poll: Will health reform increase hospitalization?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 31, August 3, 2010

    As health reform is being implemented, many wonder what it will do to patient volume in the...

Expert tips for implementing hospitalist program dashboards

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 8, August 1, 2010

    Hospitalists have long been touted as the drivers of quality improvement initiatives, and one of...

Hospitalists unaware of inpatient costs, study says

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 30, July 27, 2010

    Although hospitalists have been known to cut hospital costs, a new study finds that hospitalists...

Consultation codes hurt revenue, AMA study says

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 29, July 20, 2010

    The majority of physicians have lost revenue due to Medicare’s elimination of consultation...

Six tips for measuring hospitalist program performance

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 30, July 20, 2010

    Hospitalist programs must measure their performance regularly to gauge whether they are making any...

The deciding recruitment factors -- Location, environment, compensation

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 29, July 20, 2010

    A wise consultant once told me that the odds of filling a physician opening were significantly...

Outsourcing hospitalists preferable for alignment, says Phoenix Group

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 28, July 13, 2010

    Compared to employing hospitalists directly, outsourcing hospitalists can be financially and...

Hospitalist demand and income offers on the rise

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 28, July 13, 2010

    The average income offer to hospitalists was $208,000, and incomes varied between a low of $165,000...

A cautionary tale: Drug abuse among physicians

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 28, July 13, 2010

    A physician that was referred by a recruiter looked like a reasonable candidate, except that he was...

Checklist for evaluating a surgical hospitalist schedule

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 28, July 13, 2010

    The checklist lists a variety of sample descriptive metrics for consideration when evaluating a...

Hospitalist salary data released

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 27, July 6, 2010

    The mean hospitalist salary is $225,344, according to the data from the SHM-MGMA 2010 annual report.

Laborists and GYN hospitalists highly rate career satisfaction

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 27, July 6, 2010

    Obstetrician/gynecologist hospitalists and laborists have a high rate of career satisfaction...

Q&A: Should I send out direct mail ads when recruiting hospitalist candidates?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 27, July 6, 2010

    For the individual practice, direct mail is not the most effective tool.

Working with recruiting firms: Help them help you

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    Physicians know that if patients don’t disclose every medication or supplement they take...

Are geographic rounds right for your hospitalist program?

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    Hospitalist program leaders and medical directors may wonder whether geographic (aka unit-based...

Reactions to ACGME: Same 80-work week, new duty hour periods and supervision rules

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 26, June 29, 2010

    The ACGME draft proposal  includes not reducing the 80-hour work week, but it does update duty...

Palliative programs double

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 26, June 29, 2010

    The number of hospital-based palliative programs have more than doubled from fiscal year 2000 to...

Benefits of laborists

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 26, June 29, 2010

    By taking emergency call at night, laborists enable nonhospital-based OB/GYNs to maintain a more...

Featured blog post: SHM goes to Washington Part II: Bundled payments

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 26, June 29, 2010

    We need to remain engaged as the regulatory agencies seek public comment on the endless rules and...

Reduced work hours associated with lower physician fees

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 25, June 22, 2010

    A steady decrease in hours worked per week during the last decade was observed for all physicians...

Observation vs. admission algorithm

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 25, June 22, 2010

    Does the patient’s condition require treatment or further evaluation that can only be...

Quick poll: Group or individual performance measurement

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 25, June 22, 2010

    Does your hospitalist program performance dashboard include hospitalist-specific data or does it...

Featured blog post: Welcome to Lake Wobegon

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 25, June 22, 2010

    The advent of Medicare’s value-based purchasing program next year is going to present...

AHA joins SHM?s Project BOOST

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 24, June 15, 2010

    The American Health Association (AHA) senior vice president and Health Research & Educational...

SHM goes to Washington

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 24, June 15, 2010

    The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) Public Policy Committee visited the offices of senators and...

Psychiatric hospitalist model preferred

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 24, June 15, 2010

    Patients might prefer the hospitalist model over the continuity of care model, and thus produce...

Pros and cons of communication methods with healthcare practitioners

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 24, June 15, 2010

    There are advantages and disadvantages of the primary modes of communication that hospitalists use...

Recruited physicians seek hospitalist support as a benefit

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 23, June 7, 2010

    Medical groups cite hospitalist support as an important recruitment strategy, after financial...

AHRQ and HRET release free hospital QI guide

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 23, June 7, 2010

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the American Hospital Association’s Health...

Take patient satisfaction initiatives to the next level

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    Pressure continues to mount on hospitals to improve their patient satisfaction scores, particularly...

School-day schedule enables hospitalist moms to balance work with family

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    For many hospitalist parents, one of the biggest factors that determines where?or whether?they work...

Medical Staff Briefing, June 2010

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    Medical Staff Briefing (MSB) provides the strategies and updated information medical staff leaders...

Reaction roundup: Hospitalists lead reform, says NYT

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 22, June 1, 2010

    Healthcare experts today view hospitalists as the leaders of reform, according to a New York Times...

Does employment equal alignment?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 21, May 25, 2010

    With the massive healthcare reform bill now the law of the land, everyone is asking the question...

Referring physician satisfaction survey

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 21, May 25, 2010

    A sample referring physician satisfaction survey to customize.

Procedural elements of observation units

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 21, May 25, 2010

    An effectively run observation unit must have clearly delineated policies and procedures.

Almost half of hospitalists don't get paid time off

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 20, May 18, 2010

    Forty-five percent of hospitalists report that they do not receive any paid time off.

How do you communicate your performance?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 20, May 18, 2010

    Answering this question will help you determine whether you are achieving your performance goals as...

Wanted -- Hi-fi for hospitalists

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 20, May 18, 2010

    We have sold the hospitalist concept on the basis of decreased costs. What’s going on here?

Policy: Determining the need for on-call backup

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 19, May 11, 2010

    The [name of hospitalist service] will use staffing patterns aimed at maximum use of provider...

Session sneak peek: Evolving hospital-based physician models

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 19, May 11, 2010

    The explosive growth of hospital medicine has translated into enhanced hospital performance...

Hospitalists filling in the leadership ranks as specialty evolves

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 19, May 11, 2010

    Hospitalists have taken on increasingly stronger roles in medical staff leadership. Top performing...

How to use patient whiteboards

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 18, May 4, 2010

    Patient whiteboards can improve communication among the healthcare team, providers, and patients...

Featured blog post: Improving patient satisfaction scores one question at a time

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 18, May 4, 2010

    Patients are now asking questions and making more informed choices about where and with whom to...

Strategy for developing a hospitalist program users' group

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 18, May 4, 2010

    A users’ group serves as a forum for all involved parties to discuss clinical, operational...

From broom closet to command center: Ensure your office has the right office space

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    Hospital leaders wouldn't think to ask a private practice physician to work in the hallway—an...

Medical Staff Briefing, May 2010

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    Medical Staff Briefing is a monthly newsletter for medical staff leaders and medical staff services...

Editor's pick: Remember to sign up for the Greeley Medical Staff Institute Symposium

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 17, April 28, 2010

    Looking to improve the physician-hospital relations at your institution? Attend this year’s...

Featured blog post: Physicians drive hospital revenue, says Merritt Hawkins

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 17, April 28, 2010

    A single physician generates an average $1,543,788 a year in net revenue on behalf of his or her...

Q&A: What are the goals of an observation unit?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 17, April 28, 2010

    A: As healthcare costs continue to rise in the U.S., hospitals, other healthcare facilities...

Letter from the editor: We're expanding the blog

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 16, April 20, 2010

    The URL name will change from www.HospitalistLeadership.com to www.MedicalStaffLeader.com.

Quality improving at a slow pace, states AHRQ

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 16, April 20, 2010

    The NHQR measures four categories of quality: effectiveness, patient safety, timeliness, and...

How do hospitalists fit into healthcare reform?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 15, April 13, 2010

    The U.S. may not be ready for a healthcare system that is based on comparative effectiveness...

Live from SHM roundup

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 15, April 13, 2010

    Did you miss the Society of Hospital Medicine’s annual meeting this weekend? You can catch up...

Healthcare IT will improve quality, reduce costs, and improve healthcare delivery

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 15, April 13, 2010

    By passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, the most significant piece of...

Hospitalists not cause for declining generalists

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 14, April 6, 2010

    Despite arguments that the hospitalist movement has crowded out generalists, hospital utilization...

Skills hospitalist leaders should develop

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 14, April 6, 2010

    Although more hospitalists are taking the helm as leaders of their institutions, not much data...

The Hospitalist Full Employment Act

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 14, April 6, 2010

    They didn’t call it the “Hospitalist Full Employment Act,” but they could have.

To outsource or not: Surgical hospitalist programs

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 14, April 6, 2010

    Surgical coverage options present advantages and disadvantages in terms of operations, physician...

Prevent hospitalist burnout: Five ways to promote work-life balance

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Many hospitalists will tell you that one of the reasons they choose to practice hospital-based...

Hospitalists fill gap as intensivist numbers fall: The future of critical care is now

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    As the number of intensivists dwindles and demand for their services rises, hospitalists are...

Medical Staff Briefing, April 2010

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Medical Staff Briefing is a monthly newsletter for medical staff leaders and medical staff services...

Train IM hospitalists in palliative care to ensure patient comfort

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 5, April 1, 2010

    Many hospitalist programs managers—if they haven't already—will see an increase in...

What are the effects of the hospitalist model on patient-physician relationships?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 13, March 30, 2010

    It’s not clear whether hospital medicine is detrimental to the patient-physician...

Does your hospitalist program have adequate office space?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 13, March 30, 2010

    Most readers reported they did not have appropriate space.

What's the best way to compensate hospitalists?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 13, March 30, 2010

    No definite research data exists regarding the best way to compensate hospitalists, and as might be...

Bending the cost curve--Who gets what?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 13, March 30, 2010

    Because hospitalists are the medical team leaders for episodes of acute care, their decisions help...

Internists pull in $1.6 million in hospital revenue

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 12, March 23, 2010

    General internal medicine physicians generated $1.6 million this year, according to a Merritt...

Joint Commission approves MS.01.01.01 standard

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 12, March 23, 2010

    The Joint Commission on Thursday announced that it approved the latest draft of the medical staff...

Does your hospitalist program have adequate office space?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 12, March 23, 2010

    Is your office space more like to a broom closet? Or does your institution provide ample space for...

Hospitalist nonphysician providers--why it's so controversial

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 12, March 23, 2010

    The Mayo Clinic Arizona announced the first PA program dedicated to hospital medicine, a 12-month...

Hospitalists can help cut healthcare costs

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 11, March 16, 2010

    The United States spends twice as much per capita as other industrialized countries on healthcare...

Health refor--Now what?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 11, March 16, 2010

    The problem was that the healthcare plan attempted to expand access at great cost in the face of a...

Sample responsibilities of an NP and PA in a surgical hospitalist practice

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 11, March 16, 2010

    Nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistants (PA) are physician extenders who function under...

Locum tenens hospitalists get most assignments of all specialties

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 10, March 9, 2010

    The average starting compensation for a hospitalist is $190,054 with a sign-on bonus of $17,714...

Hospitalist practice will transform in the next five years

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 10, March 9, 2010

    Spiraling health care costs, advances in bio- and information technology, and the political will to...

Q&A: What should the hospitalist program policy and procedure manual include?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 10, March 9, 2010

    The hospitalist program policy and procedure manual should include the following operational issues.

Check out HospitalistLeadership.com

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 4, 2010

    In a recent article from Today’s Hospitalist, a concept emerges about a number of physicians...

Hospitalists comanaging more surgery patients

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 9, March 2, 2010

    More hospitalists are comanaging surgery patients, according to a new study.

Q&A: Should our program institute a restrictive covenant in our hospitalists' contracts?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 9, March 2, 2010

    Many contracts include a noncompete clause that prohibits a physician from working for a competitor...

Hospitalist recruitment and retention trends: Put a twist on traditional compensation packages to entice candidates and keep them

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    The hospitalist shortage has hospitalist program managers and medical directors everywhere...

Medical Staff Briefing, March 2010

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Medical Staff Briefing is a monthly newsletter for medical staff leaders and medical staff services...

Health plan hospitalists: "Extensivists"

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 8, February 23, 2010

    “Extensivists” are physicians who are employed by health plans to increase...

Sepsis and pneumonia hit hospitals' wallets

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 8, February 23, 2010

    Sepsis and pneumonia costs hospitals thousands of dollars, according to a new study.

Team work saves lives, study says

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 8, February 23, 2010

    A multidisciplinary care team model reduces the risk of death in the ICU, according to a study.

Poll results: Is your job like an episode of House?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 8, February 23, 2010

    We asked HospitalistLeadership.com readers how the television show, House, M.D., compares to their...

Ask the expert: What can hospitalists and referring physicians expect from each other?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 7, February 18, 2010

    At minimum, a referring provider expects the hospitalist to provide notification on admission of...

10 ways to improves handoffs

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 7, February 16, 2010

    The University of Chicago made recommendations to improve hospitalist handoffs.

Inpatient deaths cost $20 billion

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 7, February 16, 2010

    Based on a study of more than 765,000 hospital patient deaths in 2007, a dying patient costs on...

The focus on the hospitalist physician assistant

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 7, February 16, 2010

    Mayo Clinic stated that it was the first program to offer a post-graduate PA specific to hospital...

Guidelines for preprinted orders

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 7, February 16, 2010

    Hospitals, departments, and individual physicians should take steps to ensure patient safety and...

Poll results: Has the number of critical care patients increased?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 7, February 16, 2010

    In a February 3 HospitalistLeadership.com poll, “Has the number of critical care patients...

Survey new hospitalists

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 6, February 9, 2010

    One method of ensuring that a new hospitalist is receiving the assistance and feedback he or she...

12 steps to improving hospitalist communication

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 6, February 9, 2010

    Here are 12 ways to improve communication with patients and with physicians in- and outside the...

Featured blog post: What's the incentive?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 6, February 9, 2010

    What inspires us to work harder or more effectively?

Poll: Has the number of critical care patients you treat increased in the past five years?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 6, February 9, 2010

    Take the poll at HospitalistLeadership.com and see what your peers are saying.

Mayo Clinic develops first hospital medicine PA program

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 5, February 2, 2010

    The Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine has developed the first hospitalist-specific physician...

Featured blog post: How will CMS coding changes affect my program?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 5, February 2, 2010

    The CMS inpatient coding changes that took effect on January 1 have many hospitalist leaders...

Where can we find surgical hospitalist candidates?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 5, February 2, 2010

    Candidates for the position of surgical hospitalist must be all general surgeons by training.

Tips to help program managers climb the leadership ladder: Be your own mentor

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    The hospitalist movement has changed the dynamics of leadership. Traditionally, physicians who had...

Medical Staff Briefing, February 2010

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Medical Staff Briefing is a monthly newsletter for medical staff leaders and medical staff services...

How to talk to a candidate's reference

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 4, January 26, 2010

    When talking to a reference contact, the employer should describe the practice or specific elements...

What should I look for in a billing service contract?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 4, January 26, 2010

    When reviewing a billing service contract, keep an eye out for certain things.

Hospitalist programs and critical access hospitals collaborate: How it works

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 4, January 26, 2010

    We are now seeing referrals from some of our larger client hospitals back to the CAH where...

Q&A: How can we streamline hospitalist-specialist interaction?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 3, January 19, 2010

    Hospitalists now manage patients daily who were previously managed by specialists.

Question candidates with retention in mind

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 3, January 19, 2010

    Hospitalist programs that are successful in keeping great hospitalists on staff are adept at...

Hospitalist-intensivist collaborate for critically ill patients

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 3, January 19, 2010

    Hospitalist-intensivist collaboration will continue to grow in caring for critically ill patients...

Hospital C-suite supports hospitalist growth

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 2, January 12, 2010

    Hospital leaders, including CEOs, plan on sustaining current hospitalist staffing levels or expect...

Who are surgical hospitalists?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 2, January 12, 2010

    Surgical hospitalists include the following demographic groups younger surgeons interested in a...

Free form: Sample hospitalist schedule

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 2, January 12, 2010

    Find a free, customizable seven-day on/seven-day off schedule online at...

Poll: How can we make HospitalistLeadership.com better?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 2, January 12, 2010

    We are attacking the New Year with a spirit of improvement, but we need your help.

Hone your emotional intelligence and leadership

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 1, January 5, 2010

    One of the most important leadership qualities is what psychologist Daniel Goleman calls emotional...

What is the average time to spend with patients?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 1, January 5, 2010

    Instead of looking at daily patient encounters, some practices quantify the average amount of time...

Featured blog post: Real health reform

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 1, January 5, 2010

    CMS has eliminated consultation billing for Medicare and Medicaid. It is the first step in...

Help hospitalists’ communication skills during handoffs

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    For many physicians, taking the time to perform a thorough and effective hand off is a chore they...

Medical Staff Briefing, January 2010

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Medical Staff Briefing is a monthly newsletter for medical staff leaders and medical staff services...

Hospital medicine in 2009

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 52, December 22, 2009

    The year 2009 was also a milestone for hospital medicine. The American Board of Internal Medicine...

The top blog posts of 2009

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 52, December 22, 2009

    In case you missed your favorite blogs post earlier this year, here is a list of the most read blog...

Hospitalist Leadership Connection articles are available in our online archives

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 52, December 22, 2009

    You can find all the past issues on the online archives, dating back to 2006.

Editor' note: How am I driving?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 52, December 22, 2009

    What stories do you want to read? What topics are you most interested in?

Nurse practitioners as hospitalists

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 51, December 21, 2009

    It is clear that more hospital medicine programs are turning to NPs to supplement their practice in...

Poll: Hospitalist staffing during the holidays

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 51, December 21, 2009

    How difficult is it to staff your hospitalist program during the holidays?

Credentialing and privileging monthly: Overcome credentialing challenges posed by hospitalists

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 50, December 16, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Moving to a fourth generation hospitalist program: Go electronic

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 50, December 15, 2009

    What should you look for in electronic charge capture software? When moving toward a...

Clearly delineate expectations

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 50, December 15, 2009

    If you tell hospitalists what is expected of them, they will likely have a better understanding of...

What is a hospitalist? In search of a definition of hospital medicine

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 50, December 15, 2009

    The Society of Hospitalist Medicine, the professional organization with more than 10,000 members...

Large hospitalist programs may hurt resident learning

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 49, December 8, 2009

    Growing hospitalist services coupled with fewer resident work hours can limit resident learning...

Recruiting hospitalists from residency

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 49, December 8, 2009

    Many programs are willing to extend firm offers to second-year residents, even though the...

Featured blog post: The Frankenstein syndrome

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 49, December 8, 2009

    I was involved in a case recently that brought to mind some of the ways in which physicians cause...

ABIM announces focused practice in hospital medicine certification

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    If hospitalists felt like they were trapped by a glass ceiling in the past, they can consider it...

Medical Staff Briefing, December 2009

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    Medical Staff Briefing is a monthly newsletter for medical staff leaders and medical staff services...

Return on investment: Are you staffing appropriately?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 48, December 1, 2009

    One question people often ask is, “Are we staffing appropriately?” Answering this...

Do you plan on pursuing the ABIM's focused practice in hospital medicine certification?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 48, December 1, 2009

    The majority of those surveyed will not pursue ABIM’s RFP.

How can our program evaluate patient satisfaction?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 48, December 1, 2009

    Ask questions that will allow you to understand and act on feedback.

How to resolve conflicts

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 47, November 24, 2009

    A large part of a hospitalist’s job entails effective communication. When dealing with...

Featured blog post: Greeley Medical Staff Institute and bundled payments

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 47, November 24, 2009

    One of the questions posed was regarding the effect of the proposed “bundled payments.&rdquo...

Poll: Recruitment method results

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 47, November 24, 2009

    Here are the results of last week’s poll of “What methods does your hospitalist program...

I can't get no sa-tis-fac-tion

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 46, November 17, 2009

    Communication with doctors is one of the components of the federally mandated Hospital Consumer...

What method does your hospitalist program use to recruit new hospitalists?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 46, November 17, 2009

    Take the online poll at HospitalistLeadership.com.

Resident duty hour restriction cuts inpatient teaching

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 45, November 10, 2009

    The current 80-hour resident duty restriction, set by the Accreditation Council for Graduate...

Hospitalist program demographics released

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 45, November 10, 2009

    The hospitals that use the hospitalist model have shorter length of stay, better quality of care...

Pre-interview questions to ask candidates about work ethic

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 44, November 2, 2009

    Hospitalist program directors can use the following questions to learn more about a hospitalist...

The "one-visit follow-up clinic"

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 44, November 2, 2009

    We, as the hospitalist team, will provide one follow-up visit to patients who do not have a primary...

Specialty series: Obstetrics Four tips for launching and maintaining an effective OB hospitalist program

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    Although solid numbers on OB hospitalists (aka: laborists) are unavailable from the Society of...

FHM designation gives hospitalists long-awaited recognition: What it takes to be a Fellow of Hospital Medicine

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) earlier this year introduced the first class of fellows in...

Medical Staff Briefing, November 2009

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    Medical Staff Briefing acts as a support system by providing time-saving tools, expert advice, and...

How does your hospitalist compensation plan measure up?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 43, October 28, 2009

    Hospitalist program managers should judge any proposed compensation plan based on the following...

Ask the expert: What are hospitalists’ responsibilities with regard to residents and fellows?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 43, October 28, 2009

    Some hospitalists may be responsible for overseeing resident and fellow activities. Consider the...

Tip of the week: Define hospitalists' scope of practice in job descriptions before launching a recruiting campaign

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 43, October 21, 2009

    Correct job descriptions are critical, not only to set appropriate expectations for the hospitalist...

Hospitalist compensation soaring

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 42, October 20, 2009

    The average hospitalist compensation is $201,000 a year, according to a new Merritt Hawkins &...

Hospitalist-led active bed management speeds up ED to ICU throughput

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 42, October 20, 2009

    Researchers at John Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore found that strong hospitalist leadership...

What the field has to say about OB hospitalist programs

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 42, October 20, 2009

    The HospitalistLeadership.com Blog interviewed members of two OB hospitalist programs about the...

News round-up: ABFM and ABIM pilot certification for hospitalists

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 41, October 13, 2009

    The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM...

Hospitalists require cultural sensitivity for end-of-life care

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 41, October 13, 2009

    With an increasingly diverse patient population, hospitalists require cultural competency to make...

How to improve handoffs

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 40, October 6, 2009

    The best way to communicate information during service changes is a verbal handoff with written...

Geriatrician-hospitalist model cut costs and LOS

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 40, October 6, 2009

    A collaborative consultation model between geriatricians and hospitalists can help improve the care...

The symbiotic case manager-hospitalist relationship

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 40, October 6, 2009

    The case manager-hospitalist relationship can be a “win-win,” says Stefani Daniels...

Remember Hospitalist Leadership Connection archives are stored online

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 40, October 6, 2009

    Remember that you can find all the past issues of this e-newsletter online, dating back to 2006.

Specialty series: Is a neurohospitalist program right for your institution?

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    When debating whether to implement a neurohospitalist program, consider the losses that your...

Helpful or hurtful? Proposed bundled payments make waves

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    As they say, the devil is in the details, and no one yet knows whether a bundled-payment system...

Medical Staff Briefing, October 2009

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Inside: What docs need to know about restrictive clauses Joint Commission task force inches...

All board certification equal, study says

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 39, September 29, 2009

    A new study says that the three major board certifying organizations—The American Board of...

Reform: quality, cost, and access...to what?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 39, September 29, 2009

    Now, we no longer hear President Obama discuss healthcare reform, but health insurance reform.

Recruitment tip: Engage in the wrap-up discussion

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 38, September 21, 2009

    The goal of each interview is for the candidate to leave wanting the job. That puts the power of...

Tool: Sample surgical hospitalist clinical responsibilities

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 38, September 21, 2009

    The clinical duties of a surgical hospitalist, or “surgicalist,” vary from one setting...

R-E-S-P-E-C-T : This is what it means to me

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 38, September 21, 2009

    The secret of gaining respect is to show respect to others.

A hospitalist remembers Sept. 11

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 37, September 14, 2009

    At 8 a.m. on September 11, 2001 we convened a meeting of the department of medicine at Milford...

Plan for conducting interdisciplinary morning rounds

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 37, September 14, 2009

    The hospitalist must remain in continuous contact with the treatment team during a patient’s...

Bundling may leave hospitalists vulnerable

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 36, September 8, 2009

    The Phoenix Group, a hospitalist think tank, last week released a white paper, “Hospitalists...

What's the number one duty of a hospitalist? Patient safety?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 36, September 8, 2009

    When Robert M. Centor, MD, did his morning rounds, he found one patient named Jones in one room...

Do specialty hospitalists have a future in practice or will the trend fade out?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 35, September 1, 2009

    As emergency department (ED) call panel stipends reach high enough levels, hospitals are taking a...

Are concierge hospitalists coming?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 35, September 1, 2009

    I recently had the opportunity to have lunch with a member of the board of directors of a company...

Medical Staff Briefing, September 2009

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    Inside: Five steps to crafting foolproof contracts with independent groups What your medical...

Small hospitals may win with hybrid schedule

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    Rather than hiring hospitalists to compete with the internal medicine department at Metro Health...

The business side of pediatric hospitalist programs

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    Are pediatric hospitalist programs profitable? It depends on how you look at it. Physician...

Goals of hospitalist palliative care

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 34, August 25, 2009

    The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the population of adults 65 years of age and older will grow...

Win two free seats to the Greeley Medical Staff Institute Symposium

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 33, August 14, 2009

    Want to attend a live event for hospitalist leadership? The Greeley Medical Staff Institute...

Resident hospitalists in teaching hospitals

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 33, August 14, 2009

    In my experience, private practice physicians often hesitate, if not outright refuse, to have...

Hospitalists linked to quality of care, study says

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 32, August 11, 2009

    Researchers found that hospitals with hospitalists—usually nonprofit, large, teaching...

Win two free seats at the Greeley Medical Staff Institute Symposium

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 32, August 11, 2009

    Have you entered this month’s contest for two free seats at the Greeley Medical Staff...

Hospitalist-orthopedic comanagement improves patient care, study says

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 31, August 4, 2009

    Comangement between hospitalists and orthopedic physicians can help improve surgical care of...

Medical Staff Briefing, August 2009

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    This issue of Medical Staff Briefing and Hospitalist Leadership Advisor includes special reports on...

Hospitalist core competencies

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 30, July 28, 2009

    As the number of hospitalists has grown, so too has their role within the hospital systems...

Small practice docs opt for hospital employment

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 30, July 28, 2009

    Physicians from small groups are nearly four times more likely to become direct employees of a...

There's still time to enter the Greeley symposium July giveaway contest

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 30, July 28, 2009

    There’s still time to enter this month’s contest for two free seats at the Greeley...

Rankings of best hospitals released

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 29, July 21, 2009

    U.S. News & World Report released its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” list...

Half of PCPs think hospital medicine improves quality

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 29, July 21, 2009

    Only half of primary care physicians (PCPs) feel that the presence of hospitalists improves the...

A contrarian view of hospital medicine

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 29, July 21, 2009

    One of the reasons why hospitalists have become necessary is that hospitals have become...

Hospital Compare releases readmission rates

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 28, July 13, 2009

    Adding more clinical data to the public reporting Web site, HospitalCompare, the Hospital Quality...

Pediatric hospitalists can help cut down on medication errors

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 28, July 13, 2009

    A multidisciplinary team that includes a pediatric hospitalist can help reduce adverse drug events...

Enter to win free registration to the Greeley Medical Staff Institute Symposium

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 28, July 13, 2009

    In an effort to make the upcoming Greeley Medical Staff Institute Symposium (November 8-9, 2009...

No home health services mean longer hospital stays

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 27, July 7, 2009

    More than half of doctors prolong patient stays in the hospital because of a lack of home health...

How to figure out the right number of hospitalists

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 27, July 7, 2009

    Many hospitals now want to know how many hospitalists they need. One approach is to calculate...

Primary care and healthcare reform-Where do we fit in?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 27, July 7, 2009

    One congressional committee has published a discussion draft on the House healthcare reform bill.

Save the date: Greeley Medical Staff Institute Symposium November 8-9 in Naples, FL

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 27, July 7, 2009

    The Greeley Medical Staff Institute Symposium is a unique forum created to foster communication...

Contract or homegrown hospitalist staffing?

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    How much experience does the hospital have managing physician practices? If your hospital is like...

Which came first: The pediatric hospitalist or the program?

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    Pediatric hospitalist programs are blossoming. In fact, 25% of current pediatric hospitalist...

Help patients understand MD, PA, and NP roles

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 26, June 30, 2009

    NPs can practice independently in some states, but not in others. Prepare a “script&rdquo...

Hospitalists are efficient diagnosticians

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 26, June 30, 2009

    Patients under hospitalist care, particularly intensivist care, experienced shorter length of stay...

Don't forget new media in your recruitment search

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 26, June 30, 2009

    Interactive media has transformed the way job searches are conducted today. Here are tips for how...

What makes a successful hospitalist-run short stay?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 25, June 23, 2009

    Available in one-third of U.S. hospitals, short-stay units are typically located next to emergency...

Stages of hospitalist leadership transition

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 25, June 23, 2009

    As the ranks of hospital medicine continue to swell, the need for leadership development is...

Quick, schedule the interview; Not so fast!

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 25, June 23, 2009

    It is crucial to learn as much as possible about candidates before inviting them to interview.

Teaching bedside skills in decline

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 24, June 16, 2009

    Only 17% of hospitalist teaching time is spent at the patient’s bedside, according to a new...

What is the correct term for NPs and PAs?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 24, June 16, 2009

    Pat Spurlock, assistant director of professional affairs at the American Academy of Physician...

Health reform and the hospitalist

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 24, June 16, 2009

    Congress is likely to enact some sort of health reform before the year is out, and we can be sure...

New bill aims to save primary care

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 23, June 9, 2009

    Congress addressed the national shortage of primary care providers (PCP) with a new bill...

Lack of inpatient beds is major cause of ED crowding

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 23, June 9, 2009

    Crowding in the emergency department (ED) is caused, in part, because of a lack of inpatient beds...

Is there a national standard for ED call compensation?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 23, June 9, 2009

    Is there a national standard? The answer is really, no; it’s very community dependent.

The rise of the laborist and surgicalist

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 23, June 9, 2009

    One controversial application of this concept is the laborist, who specializes in infant delivery.

Most pediatric hospitalist programs subsidized by hospitals

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 22, June 2, 2009

    Out of the 77 hospital executive respondents, 78% of those hospitals subsidized their pediatric...

Involve case managers in leadership decisions

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 22, June 2, 2009

    One way to improve the hospitalist-case manager relationship is to involve leaders from both...

Demonstrating value: Proof in dollars

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 22, June 2, 2009

    When presenting savings from length-of-stay reduction, remember to acknowledge revenue lost on...

Price dropped on new physician-hospital alignment audio conference

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 22, June 2, 2009

    HCPro, Inc., understands that budgets are tight, so we've dropped the price from $269 to $199 on an...

Partnerships with case managers to streamline patient care

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    Case managers assigned to hospitalists may find that their jobs have become a little easier. Unlike...

Turning over the coin: Could the hospitalist boom hurt continuity of care, PCPs, and hospital revenue?

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    A March 12 New England Journal of Medicine article confirms what we already know: The hospitalist...

Medical Staff Briefing, June 2009

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    In this issue of MSB, you’ll learn about the state of medical licensure, how to train medical...

Sen. Baucus talks about healthcare reform

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 21, May 22, 2009

    The Hospitalist, a Society of Hospital Medicine publication, interviewed Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont...

Update: Changing IOM resident work hours to cost billions more, study says

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 21, May 22, 2009

    Despite initial reports that the cost of implementing suggested resident work hour changes from the...

Happy spouse = Happy physician + recruitment success

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 21, May 22, 2009

    Organizational “fit” and “family” considerations are the two most important...

Last chance to register: Surgical hospitalist Web cast tomorrow

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 21, May 22, 2009

    Just a reminder that you can still register for Thursday’s Webcast, Surgical Hospitalist...

Survey details NP and PA salary

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 20, May 19, 2009

    According to the survey of 2,300 medical practices in the greater Philadelphia area, the overall...

Post-SHM ’09 blog roundup

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 20, May 19, 2009

    The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) 2009 Annual Meeting wrapped up on Sunday in Chicago. The SHM...

Call for questions: Surgical hospitalist webcast airs next week

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 20, May 19, 2009

    A crisis in access to emergency surgical care has emerged during the past decade, according to John...

Bill proposed to create White House quality improvement office

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 19, May 12, 2009

    Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV), Sheldon White (D-RI), and Congresswoman Diana DeGette...

Some hospitalists not paid for quality improvement duties

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 19, May 12, 2009

    The majority of hospitalist management groups (97%) work on quality initiatives (QI), but about...

Questions to ask new hospitalist recruits

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 19, May 12, 2009

    It’s important to set the stage with the question, but then get off the stage and let them...

The paradox of specialty hospitals

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 19, May 12, 2009

    Recent conflicts between specialty and general hospitals is an issue that gets to the heart of the...

Blogging live from SHM annual meeting

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 19, May 12, 2009

    Like many of you, HCPro and HospitalistLeadership.com will be attending the Annual Society of...

New Medicare enrollment rules = revenue at risk

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 18, May 5, 2009

    In case you missed this—and apparently many practices did—the new rule shortens the...

The good, the bad, and the ugly: Economic crisis presents a mixed bag for inpatient services

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    As lenders tighten their belts, hospitals are finding it more difficult to secure the funding they...

Fewer inpatient and elective cases, more ED cases on the rise

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 17, April 28, 2009

    With the economic downturn, more Americans are forgoing inpatient and elective services and seeking...

MGMA releases daily on-call compensation by specialty

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 17, April 28, 2009

    The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently released its 2009 report, “Medical...

The great hospitalist scheduling debate

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 17, April 28, 2009

    There are options designed to ease your scheduling pain, including traditional, block, and...

Surgical hospital program report card dashboard

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 17, April 28, 2009

    If you are interested in how another surgical hospitalist program might compare or need data to...

How do hospitalist leaders like to get the news?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 17, April 28, 2009

    HCPro wants to deliver the most important information in the best format for you. Please take a...

AHA takes stance on resident work hour rules

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 16, April 21, 2009

    The American Hospital Association (AHA) on Monday released a statement to the Accreditation Council...

Down economy makes recruiting physicians from afar more difficult

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 16, April 21, 2009

    As a recruitment incentive, most medical groups (96%) stated they offer relocation assistance for...

Key educational strengths of an academic surgical hospitalist program

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 16, April 21, 2009

    Time must be allocated to complete teaching responsibilities, which may include preparing lectures...

White House creates Office of Health Reform

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 15, April 14, 2009

    President Barak Obama last week declared an executive order, announcing the White House Office of...

CMS Care Transitions Project aims to reduce hospital readmissions

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 15, April 14, 2009

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday announced 14 community locations...

Unintended consequences of EMRs?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 15, April 14, 2009

    “Will the federal EMR really reduce healthcare costs?” At least one physician thinks...

Focus on hospitalist leadership responsibilities

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 15, April 14, 2009

    Effective hospitalist leaders must balance their clinical responsibilities with their...

Economic woes rise; hospital margins drop

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 14, April 7, 2009

    “Hospitals are struggling to make ends meet, [and] more than half in the red,&rdquo...

Physician assistant statistics at a glance

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 14, April 7, 2009

    The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the total number or PA positions will...

U.S. hospitals lack EMRs

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 14, April 7, 2009

    Only 1.5% of U.S. hospitals have a comprehensive electronic records systems in all clinical units...

Does medical home = medical village = global hospital payments?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 14, April 7, 2009

    The “medical village” has huge implications for hospitalists (and every physician who...

IOM recommendations for resident hours may affect hospitalist programs

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    According to a brief of its December 2008 report, Resident Duty Hours: Enhancing Sleep...

Board certification opening new doors for hospitalists

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    If you've been waiting patiently for one of the major certifying boards to formally recognize...

ABMS announces new MOC details

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 13, March 31, 2009

    The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) last Thursday announced new requirements for...

Hospitalist services could improve trauma outcomes

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 13, March 31, 2009

    More than 90% of trauma patients should be admitted by a trauma surgeon in accordance with...

Add neurohospitalists to the list of specialty hospitalists

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 13, March 31, 2009

    Neurology hospitalists, called neurohospitalists, are on the rise, according to a new study...

Pediatric hospitalist trends

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 13, March 31, 2009

    A new study provides what authors call the “most comprehensive information” on...

What's on your reading list?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 13, March 31, 2009

    If you are managing a hospitalist program, or are otherwise interested in the business of medicine...

ED-to-inpatient sign-out voicemails eases communication

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 12, March 24, 2009

    What is a better method of sign-out communication—a conversation about the transfer of a...

Physician job (dis)satisfaction factors

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 12, March 24, 2009

    Among all survey respondents, 66% of the AMGA medical group members confirmed that they poll their...

Healthcare reform and comparative effectiveness research

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 11, March 17, 2009

    The recent Stimulus Package includes $1.1 billion for “comparative effectiveness...

Hospitalist versus non-hospitalist outcomes

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 11, March 17, 2009

    Hospitalists improve patient outcomes, quality, and cost reduction, according to a study by the...

Hospitalist numbers and care rising

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 11, March 17, 2009

    A new study confirms what many have suspected for a long time; the number of hospitalists is on the...

SHM retracts message about ABHM certification

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 11, March 17, 2009

    The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) recently posted a retraction of its Jan. 14th message to SHM...

In the news: More advance practitioners on the horizon

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 10, 2009

    Medical organizations are increasing the number of advanced practitioners (PAs, NPs, and certified...

The rapture of the seven-on/seven-off schedule

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 10, March 10, 2009

    The seven-on/seven-off schedule holds a strange fascination for hospitalists, especially those who...

One is six patients is difficult, say female doctors

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 10, March 10, 2009

    Physicians say that for every six patients they see, one is difficult, according to a new study...

More advanced practitioners on the horizon

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 9, March 3, 2009

    Medical organizations are increasing the number of advanced practitioners (PAs, NPs, and certified...

Hospitalists and PAs save more lives than residents

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 9, March 3, 2009

    Mortality rates were significantly lower on the hospitalist-PA service compared to the resident...

ACGME changes resident rules in internal medicine inpatient rotations

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 8, February 24, 2009

    The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved changes for internal...

ABPS releases details about board certification requirements

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 8, February 24, 2009

    ABPS is a multi-specialty physician board with 3,800 current members and was established in 1950...

President signs economic bill to jumpstart healthcare reform

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 7, February 17, 2009

    President Barack Obama signed the economic stimulus bill into law on Tuesday, estimated at $787...

Recruiting and J-1 visa candidates

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 7, February 17, 2009

    Kirk Mathews, CEO, principal, and founder of Inpatient Management Inc., in St. Louis, talks about...

Last call for speakers: Greeley Medical Staff Institute Symposium

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 7, February 17, 2009

    Are you interested in sharing your strategies for tackling contemporary medical staff challenges...

Top 10 tips for running committees

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 6, February 10, 2009

    Organizing this extracurricular activity can be very time consuming, but you can streamline your...

A shout-out to primary care

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 6, February 10, 2009

    Although some have predicted that the hospitalist movement trend will lead to the death of the...

Medical staff alert: ABPS' announcement of board certification ruffles feathers

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 4, 2009

    The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) recently announced the new American Board of...

Tips to combat board certification scams

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 5, February 3, 2009

    The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) issued a warning in October, cautioning against...

Clinical information technology reduces inpatient deaths and cuts costs

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 5, February 3, 2009

    Researchers studied more than 167,000 patients admitted to urban Texas hospitals between 2005 and...

Hospitalists need office space, too

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 5, February 3, 2009

    The hospitalist office acts as a “coordination center” for the hospitalists&rsquo...

Q&A with IPC's Adam Singer, MD: Hospitalist programs must take new direction to stay viable

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 2, February 1, 2009

    HLA spoke with Adam Singer, MD, CEO of IPC The Hospitalist Company and Modern Healthcare's 2008...

First board certification for hospitalists announced -- with caution

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 4, January 27, 2009

    The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) this month announced the new American Board of...

Hard economic times hit inpatient programs

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 4, January 27, 2009

    Nearly half of U.S. hospitals are postponing capital projects because of the economic crisis...

Moving up to the C-suite

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 4, January 27, 2009

    Is there a C-suite position in your future? The medical director of a hospitalist program could be...

Call for seminar speakers

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 4, January 27, 2009

    HCPro and The Greeley Medical Staff Institute are currently looking for hospitalist program...

Readmissions rate: Hospitalist service vs. resident service

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 3, January 20, 2009

    Resident-staffed services have a higher unscheduled readmission rate compared to hospitalist...

Continuity of care decreases at end of life

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 3, January 20, 2009

    During the 1990s and early 2000s, continuity of care from home to hospital declined, according to a...

WHO surgical checklist reduces inpatient complication and deaths

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 3, January 20, 2009

    The World Health Organization (WHO) last week released a safe surgery checklist that can reduce...

Half of hospitals utilize hospitalists, study says

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 2, January 13, 2009

    Four out of five large hospitals utilize hospitalists, that is, 83% of hospitals with 200 or more...

Sample pro forma for hospitalist specialities

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 2, January 13, 2009

    Find a sample pro forma and total costs of a hospital with a orthopedic, OB, and general surgery...

Recruitment tip 1: Interview questions you should ask

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 1, January 6, 2009

    Interviewing candidates involves breaking the ice. Create an event where the candidate can be...

Recruitment tip 2: Interview questions you should not ask

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 1, January 6, 2009

    Although you want to get to know your candidate at the interview, some questions should be taboo to...

Hospitalist documentation Q&A

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 1, January 6, 2009

    Can the physician write the ICD-9 in the progress notes?

Transitioning from resident to hospitalist

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    To fend off the ongoing physician shortage, many academic medical centers are recruiting from their...

Q&A: Adam Singer, MD, of IPC advocates for the virtual office

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 52, December 23, 2008

    HCPro spoke with Adam Singer, MD, CEO of IPC The Hospitalist Company and Modern Healthcare’s...

The case for systems support in EMRs

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 52, December 23, 2008

    An EMR can facilitate daily communication between the hospitalist and the primary care physician...

Rewarding provider cooperation: P4P report suggests payment reform

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 51, December 23, 2008

    Pay-for-performance programs should not simply reward physicians individually but reward them for...

Set performance objectives

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 51, December 23, 2008

    The best hospitalist programs adopt a balanced approach to performance measurement that don’t...

IOM proposes resident sleep hour changes: What it means for hospital medicine

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 50, December 16, 2008

    The Institute of Medicine (IOM) proposed revisions to medical residents sleep hours to reduce...

Remember important communication details in your sign-out note

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 50, December 16, 2008

    An off-service note should be generated at the time a new hospitalist attending physician assumes...

Hospitalists improve ED throughput at John Hopkins

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 49, December 9, 2008

    Programs that utilize active bed management by hospitalists can speed up ED throughput and reduce...

Hospitalists and palliative care

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 49, December 9, 2008

    Hospitalists are well positioned to take the lead in emerging palliative programs, according to an...

How to construct quality bonus plans

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 48, December 2, 2008

    Quality bonus plans tend to be more subjective than productivity-based bonus plans and therefore...

Hospitalists workshops improve geriatric care education

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 48, December 2, 2008

    In a recent study, researchers found that third-year medical students better identified delirium in...

Hospitalist Leadership Connection: New name, same newsletter

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 48, December 2, 2008

    Welcome to the redesigned issue of Hospitalist Leadership Connection, the new name for Hospitalist...

Train an interdisciplinary team for communication

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    According to The Joint Commission, communication breakdowns are the most common cause of medical...

Six evergreen tips for holiday scheduling

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    The air is crisp, department stores are decked in lights, and requests for time off pile up like...

A New Look!

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 47, November 25, 2008

    Next week, our Hospitalist Program Weekly e-newsletter will sport a new title, Hospitalist...

Maximizing your top-line revenue

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 47, November 25, 2008

    One question regarding your hospitalist program structure to ask is, “Are you maximizing your...

Hospitalists coordinate communication, cut costs, and reduce LOS, new study says

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 46, November 18, 2008

    As the first research to link job design (education, consulting, healthcare) to outcomes, the study...

Updates of the hospitalist model

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 46, November 18, 2008

    SHM recommends that physicians receive Medicare reimbursement for the time they dedicate to...

How to form a performance committee

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 46, November 18, 2008

    The purpose of creating a hospitalist performance committee is to improve quality, efficiency, and...

Physician shortage continues

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 45, November 11, 2008

    “The emergency room has become the primary care physician after 5 p.m. for much of the...

Why use a Web log

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 45, November 11, 2008

    To ensure patient safety and continuity of care, hospitalists must not only establish strong...

Consultant recommendations implemented with CPOEs

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 44, November 4, 2008

    Currently, only half of consultants’ medical recommendations are translated into actual care...

Web log for communication

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 44, November 4, 2008

    Some hospitalists programs are turning to electronic means of communication: Web logs, patient...

Hospitalist service and house staff service produce equivalent outcomes

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 43, October 28, 2008

    In academic centers, two types of services offer a similar quality and efficiency of patient care...

Sample hospitalist program pro forma

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 43, October 28, 2008

    Do you have a business plan with expected return on investment? To plug those numbers into your...

Strategies to developing hospitalist leaders

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 4, October 21, 2008

    As the ranks of hospital medicine continue to swell, the need for leadership development is...

Pediatric hospitalist care cuts costs and LOS, study says

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 41, October 14, 2008

    A staff-only general pediatric hospitalist service can decrease costs and reduce length of stay...

U of Chicago develops geriatric hospitalist model

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 41, October 14, 2008

    The University of Chicago Curriculum for the Hospitalized Aging Medical Patient (CHAMP) announced a...

Retention tip: Develop a mentoring program

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 41, October 14, 2008

    Hospitalists programs should implement mentoring programs with the overall goal of retention...

Improve communication with PCPs

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 40, October 7, 2008

    The success of the practitioners’ partnership comes from the careful planning and...

Survey: Hospitalist program management

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 39, September 30, 2008

    What issues are most important to you? How do you like to get your hospitalist-related news? Have...

HBIPS core measure set available today

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 39, September 30, 2008

    Free-standing psychiatric hospitals and accredited hospitals with acute inpatient psychiatric units...

Ask the expert: What role does personality profiling play in hospitalist recruitment?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 24, 2008

    In addition to a mentoring program and feedback forum, there are other strategies that can help...

Practical tips for conducting an interview

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 38, September 23, 2008

    The interview is where the recruitment game is won or lost. Remember to follow these tips when you...

Hospitals slow to implement EMRs despite regulation

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 38, September 23, 2008

    Despite updated regulations by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that call for...

Tip of the week: Understand the relationship between hospitalists and specialty hospitalists

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 17, 2008

    Understanding the role hospitalists play in your organization will help you develop a stronger...

Inpatient debate update: Do hospitalists improve care?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 37, September 16, 2008

    Internet debate erupted this summer among industry experts involved in inpatient medicine...

How to follow end-of-life wishes

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 37, September 16, 2008

    As hospitals deal with patients’ end-of-life decisions, hospitalists tend to abide by state...

Choose a billing service

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 37, September 16, 2008

    Selecting a billing service is the key step to building your billing process. If your hospitalist...

Retention tip: The physician feedback forum

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 36, September 9, 2008

    With the long-term goal of employee retention in mind, hospitals can implement a collaborative...

The strive for inpatient pediatric consistency

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 36, September 9, 2008

    A recent study by the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings, an organization that touts quality...

Update: Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals save hospitalist jobs

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 36, September 9, 2008

    Cape Cod Hospital will keep on 19 fulltime hospitalists, thanks to a new agreement reached last...

University of Michigan launches specialty-hospitalist alliance program for collaborative research

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 35, September 2, 2008

    Because some programs fail to recognize the importance of specialists in clinical research in...

Documenting success for expansion

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 35, September 2, 2008

    To pitch your program-growth ideas to hospital administrators, offer documented information on the...

How to measure quality and collect data

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 35, September 2, 2008

    With agencies such as the Joint Commission (formerly known as JCAHO) recommending that hospitals...

Video: Martin Buser to talk about hospitalist program pitfalls for HCPro seminar

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 31, August 5, 2008

    Watch a three-minute video of Martin Buser, MPH, FACHE, founding partner of Hospitalist Management...