Hospitalist Programs: Productivity and the Law of Diminishing Returns

With the cost of Hospitalist programs rising, medical centers and hospitalist companies understandably emphasize the need for improvements in hospitalist productivity. While solid productivity is a desired outcome, the “law of diminishing returns” will eventually manifest itself. At a certain point (which varies among individual...

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Hospital Financial Support of Hospitalist Programs

Unlike other hospital clinical services, hospitalist services rarely grow into a self-sustaining state. Patient collections on average cover less than 60% of total hospitalist program expenses (which are primarily variable expenses). Thus, as a hospitalist program grows, so do the aggregate financial needs. The chart...

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The Role Hospitalists Play in Reducing Patient Readmissions

Numbers play a big role in today's medical community. It seems as if almost everything is tracked: waiting times, patient satisfaction, length of stay, time spent per patient, dollars spent per patient, and readmission rates. These numbers are then used by hospital boards to set...

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Bedside Manner in the Digital Age - Hospitalists Make a Difference

The digital age has dramaticaly transformed the healthcare industry. Gone are the days of patient charts in old, fraying folders and struggling to read the chicken scratch of another physician. There's no more checking boxes on paper for medications given or even having to verbally ask a...

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