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Featured: The rise of the hospitalist

by Lisa Chamoff, Contributing Reporter | April 28, 2014
From the April 2014 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

Hospitalist programs definitely need monetary support from their organization to make the model work, says Wachter, who notes that 90 percent of programs get a significant amount of hospital support.

“They have decided that having a wellorganized hospitalist program provides sufficient value, that it’s worth the investment to keep it going,” Wachter says.

The support goes both ways. The Society of Hospital Medicine established a leadership academy about 10 years ago to help hospital physicians understand hospital systems from the CEO’s perspective, and all the factors that go into running a facility — Joint Commission regulations, competition and the safety and quality movement.

“I think many young doctors don’t understand the larger health care environment when they first come out of the training,” Healey says. “We all know the health care world is changing rapidly. The Affordable Care Act is coming; there are payment changes, Medicare changes. If the hospitalists are able to understand the health care environment better and understand the needs of the system better, they can really engage the hospitals and take better care of their patients.”

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