Hospitalists are still concerned with individual patients, but they are now becoming managers of population health, forcing hospitals to shift their attention from decreasing length of stay (LOS) and preventing payer denials to decreasing hospitalizations. This significantly benefits both payers and patients.
Many physicians find that there’s a new chapter, during or after their years of practice, which may involve not just the old options of teaching or administrator at a hospital or insurance company. Their background is also the ticket to a burgeoning industry that’s changing delivery of care.
It’s not your imagination. The insurer-physician relationship is getting less strained. So say Ron Brooks, MD, a medical director at Independence Blue Cross, and Robert L. Wergin, MD, the past president and current board chairman of the American Academy of Family Physicians.