Case Study: 100-bed Rural Critical Access Hospital Transitions from PCP Inpatient Coverage to Full-Time Hospitalist Program
This rural facility relied on a local primary care provider who had his own busy clinic to provide their hospitalist coverage. Due to his outside commitments, he was often unavailable. We were called to establish a more solid and reliable hospitalist team.
We established an effective hospital medicine program by providing interim medical director leadership and recruiting four full-time hospitalists and two advanced practice providers to cover the night shifts. We recruited a locally invested, full-time medical director to continue management of the hospitalist program.
Within one year, these improvements resulted in:
REDUCTION IN LENTH OF STAY
INCREASE IN CASE MIX INDEX