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.
Employers may still be health plans’ main customers, but these days patients do the grading. Their satisfaction level determines, for instance, whether a Medicare Advantage plan gets a bonus. Insurers want CXOs to capture those millions of dollars that are in play.
The medication did this mostly by reducing the level of inpatient care for over 350 patients in the six months immediately following initiation. Researchers suggest that further studies should confirm this conclusion and also investigate just how long these reductions can be sustained.