If you don’t understand the concept of a hospitalist and how this model/approach is best used in your hospital, you could be missing out — both on clinical advantages and cost-benefit returns.
If a patient’s primary care physician isn’t overseeing her care, then she may being cared for by a “hospitalist,” a doctor who specializes in the care of hospital patients. Before you decide this is what your hospital needs, you must understand the need for special medical staff considerations. For instance, do you know whether a hospitalist can be a non-physician practitioner? What credentials does he or she need?
Also, how are hospitalists reimbursed for their services, if they’re not the primary care physician? Hospitals have special documentation, coding, and billing concerns. And what’s key is understanding how hospitalists relate to Medicare global surgical package.
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Who should attend? Hospital Analysts, Compliance Personnel, Financial Officers, Utilization Review Personnel, Quality Assurance Personnel, HIM Coding Staff, Hospital Billing Staff, Medical Staff Organization Directors and Personnel, Physician, Non-Physician Practitioners, and Other Interested Hospital Personnel.
Duane C. Abbey, Ph.D. is a management consultant and president of Abbey & Abbey, Consultants, Inc., which specializes in healthcare consulting and related areas. Duane earned his graduate degrees at the University of Notre Dame and Iowa State University and has more than 20 years of experience as a consultant. He performs various types of financial analysis involving business structuring, organizational development, enrolment and other financially related concerns of organizations....
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