Tools and Strategies for an Effective Hospitalist Program

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Tools and Strategies for an Effective Hospitalist Program

Jeffrey R. Dichter, MD, FACP    


At last! Everything you need to manage an effective hospitalist program is right where it belongs—in one easy-to-access book and CD-ROM set!

Hospitals and physician practices across the country have turned to hospitalists to combat mounting financial pressures, increasing patient flow problems, and rising malpractice suits.

Unfortunately, finding the tools and resources to manage a program effectively can be a struggle. Until now . . .

A complete soup-to-nuts guide, Tools and Strategies for an Effective Hospitalist Program provides proven forms, schedules, and tools you need to effectively and efficiently run your hospitalist program. This is the resource you need for:

  • Best practice advicefrom all types of hospitalist programs including academic medical centers, large community hospitals, and small rural facilities
  • Field-tested proceduresto help new hospitalist programs get started and help established programs improve current methods
  • Easy-to-implement tools on CD-ROMthat you can adapt and tailor to any new or existing hospitalist program
  • Successful strategiesto determine what types of operational data you need to manage a hospitalist program, which metrics should be captured, and more
  • Sample schedulesthat can be tailored for any number of hospitalists at any facility
  • Expert tipson how to assess the effectiveness of your hospitalist program through referring provider/specialist surveys
  • Wide-ranging benchmarksto establish and run a successful hospitalist program
  • Winning strategiesfor recruiting and retaining top hospitalists in a job-seekers' market
  • And so much more!


A look inside . . .

30 TOOLS you can modify to meet your facility's needs!

  1. Implementing an electronic solution to schedule 24/7 shifts
  2. Four-hospitalist provider rotating call schedule [2 samples to compare!]
  3. Four-hospitalist provider block schedule
  4. Five-hospitalist block schedule [2 samples to compare!]
  5. Five-hospitalist seven days on/seven days off schedule
  6. Six-hospitalist seven days on/seven days off schedule
  7. Protocol for determining need for on-call backup
  8. New physician retention interview
  9. Orientation day-one and day-four checklists
  10. Hospitalist job description at a non-teaching hospital
  11. Hospitalist job description at an academic medical center with residents
  12. Referring physicians'/specialists' perspective and wish lists
  13. Communication modalities
  14. Communication via Web-log and patient portal
  15. Communication between hospital and outpatient clinics
  16. Admission protocol and communication expectations
  17. Referring physician satisfaction survey [3 samples to compare!]
  18. Nurse satisfaction survey [2 samples to compare!]
  19. Draft communication plan for developing a hospitalist program
  20. Letter to referring physicians announcing a new hospitalist program
  21. Draft communication plan for expanding a hospitalist program
  22. Letter to referring physician announcing the expansion of hospitalist program
  23. Patient satisfaction survey [2 samples to compare!]
  24. Patient-targeted hospitalist program brochure
  25. Departmental guidelines for hospitalist evaluation
  26. Hospitalist employee performance evaluation [2 samples to compare!]
  27. Physician assistant employee performance evaluation
  28. Quality data: Six metrics within the purview of hospitalist programs
  29. Protocol for generating a hospital report card
  30. Pre-printed order sets on thrombosis risk-factor assessment


Table of Contents at a Glance . . .

11 Critical TOPICS covered to help you develop the most effective hospitalist program!

  1. Expectations for Hospitalists
    • Large academic medical center with residents
    • Small community hospital without residents
  2. Staffing, Scheduling, and Planning
  3. Recruitment
  4. Retention and Orientation
  5. The Referring Provider's Perspective
  6. Communication with Healthcare Practitioners
  7. Communication with Patients
  8. Hospitalist Performance Reviews
  9. Quality Improvement and Data Collection
  10. Preprinted Ordersets
  11. Coding and Compliance for the Inpatient Physician


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Published: March 2006