Becker’s CEO Roundtable Preview: Trends and Opportunities in Hospital Medicine

Posted on Tue, Nov 17, 2015
Becker’s CEO Roundtable Preview: Trends and Opportunities in Hospital Medicine

The impact of value-based purchasing, population health management and reporting transparency on hospital medicine will be addressed during Becker's Hospital Review's 4th Annual CEO Roundtable + CFO/CIO Roundtable.

EmCare is proud to be the title sponsor of the annual event, which will be held Nov. 18-19 in Chicago. Francisco Loya, MD, MS, CEO of EmCare Hospital Medicine, will present "Emerging Trends in Hospital Medicine" Nov. 18 during the conference.

Hospital medicine is positioned to be at the epicenter of the healthcare evolution, according to the presenter. Changing expectations and demands in population health require new paths to success – paths that hospitalists and their integrated processes are poised to blaze.

“Moving toward a greater healthcare ecosystem requires shaping and adapting to survive in the new environment,” explained Dr. Loya. “The right framework enables hospitalists to enhance hospital competitiveness through accountability and consistently creating value.”

Trends & Opportunities in Hospital Medicine

Dr. Loya will address the emerging roles for hospital medicine, from pre-op preparation and utilization management, to post-acute care management and telehealth. This evolution may be the key to managing many of the challenges faced by hospital executives. And, there are hundreds of ways hospitalists are impacting strategy and planning. The presentation will focus on a few of the high-dollar, high-impact ways, including value-based purchasing (VBP), patient flow, referrals and readmissions.

Regarding trends in the field, Dr. Loya predicts:

  • Increased pressure from the growing demands of VBP, which in 2017 will measure Safety as well as the current areas of Clinical Process of Care, Patient Experience of Care, Outcomes and Efficiency.
  • Clinical integration and collaboration will no longer be optional, and as the center of most acute care, hospitalists are pivotal to the process. Hospitalists are stakeholders in both patient care and VBP/bundled payment performance, so improving the various ways hospitalists are integrated with other services, systems and people is a key to adding value and expediting and improving care.
  • Coordination of post-acute care will become a key driver of financial results for hospitals.
  • Technology-based tools may be the key to improving operational efficiency.

One way technology can be used to improve hospital medicine is for referrals. Only 16% of referrals are completed electronically. EmCare has developed DASH, an online admission tool that significantly streamlines the process by which local physicians direct admit their patients to a participating hospital. Technologies like these, according to Dr. Loya, can improve efficiency in admissions, resulting in better service to patients, improved relationships with local physicians and improved hospital performance.

For more information about EmCare’s Hospital Medicine services, included integrated services that foster communication, efficiency and satisfaction, visit the Solutions section of our website.  To register for the CEO Roundtable + CFO/CIO Roundtable, visit Becker's website.

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