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Harnessing the Hospitalist Movement (Part 3 of 4): Reduction and Coordination

May 8, 2013

Continuing our look at how you can effectively implement a hospitalist program at your organization, we move on to the second strategy outlined in Joe Cantlupe’s article for HealthLeaders Media: using hospitalists to coordinate care and reduce readmissions. Cantlupe writes, “To improve care coordination and reduce readmissions, particularly among patients discharged to skilled-nursing or rehab […]

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Harnessing the Hospitalist Movement (Part 1 of 4)

May 6, 2013

Specialists today are taking a much more sophisticated approach to managing the care of their patients. Gone are the days when a doctor would throw himself on the altar of all-hours, any-location availability. Ultimately, nothing leads to burn-out and professional fatigue more than a physician taking an imbalanced approach to his personal health and well-being. […]

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Maryland Health Officials Seek Sweeping Changes in Hospital Reimbursements

April 2, 2013

Maryland health officials are suggesting drastic measures to reform its hospital payment system. Last week, they submitted to CMS changes that can only be described as sweeping. As the Associated Press reports, these changes are “the most significant in 40 years” for the state, with the goal being to keep Maryland’s “unique Medicare waiver agreement […]

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Study Concludes, Hospitalists are Overworked and Overtasked

January 31, 2013

Cheryl Clark at HealthLeaders Media reports a recent Johns Hopkins University survey published in Jama Internal Medicine concluded that a large percentage of hospitalists are overworked and overtasked. Researchers found that 40 percent of 506 hospitalist respondents said “their workloads exceeded safe levels at least once a month,” while 36 percent “reported excessive workload assignments […]

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A Breakdown of 2013 Hospital Quality Issues (Part 2 of 2)

January 11, 2013

Cheryl Clark over at HealthLeaders Media has outlined the “Top 10 Quality Issues of 2013.” In our last post, we gave an overview of the first five of these 10 issues. Below are the final five, but we highly recommend that you read the entire article. It can be found here. 6.)  Quality scorecards “Look […]

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