As we move towards value-based healthcare, hospitalists are playing an increasingly critical role in our care delivery systems. They help coordinate care, reduce variation in clinical outcomes and care processes, and reduce readmissions. If you have an existing hospitalist program, have you considered the role, structure, and expectations of your hospitalists in this new environment? Have performance standards been established that reinforce quality and effective patient care management? For those without a current program, is now the time to design and implement one? (It likely is). An effective hospitalist program can improve care coordination, maximize care efficiency, and play a critical role in ensuring your survival in a fee-for-value world.
GE Healthcare Camden Group has more than a decade of experience with hospitalists, intensivists, and other hospital-based physician services. Our interdisciplinary team of clinicians and operational and financial analysts can assess and identify appropriate strategies to achieve your inpatient clinical and business objectives. More importantly, we can help you effectively implement properly structured and sized programs, tailored specifically for your organization. We will also review the hospitalists’ relationships with key departments such as care management and the emergency department to optimize care coordination. Our hospitalist services include new program design, including hospitalist performance measures, compensation design and hospital-physician relationships. We also assist in evaluating and improving existing practices; assessing need, size/staffing, team-based structures for assuring collaboration with care management; and financial feasibility and performance improvement. We also issue fairness opinions on compensation packages.