HOSPITALISTS IMPACT ON CRITICAL ACCESS & RURAL HOSPITALS

IMPACT ON QUALITY OF CARE [1]

94% of Critical Access and Rural Hospitals that use hospitalists report hospitalist programs have a positive impact on quality of care.

  • Improvements in hospital quality and safety scores
  • Improved communication with nurses and better teamwork
  • Greater expertise and ability to handle more acute patients
  • Use of evidence-based medicine
  • Provision of consistent, standardized care            
  • Quicker ability to respond to changes in patient conditions
  • Spent more time with patients

IMPACT ON FINANCIAL STATUS [1]

83% of Critical Access and Rural Hospitals that use hospitalists report hospitalist programs have a positive impact on hospital financial status.

  • An increase in inpatient or swing bed admissions or both
  • Greater ability to treat higher acuity patients
  • Decreases in average length of stay
  • Better resource utilization and improved efficiency
  • Better ability to recruit and retain physicians
  • Improved primary care physician productivity
  • Improved reductions in complications and readmissions

IMPACT ON PATIENT AND PHYSICIAN SATISFACTION [1]

89% of Critical Access and Rural Hospitals that use hospitalists report that their inpatients are satisfied or very satisfied with being care for by hospitalists.

97% of Critical Access and Rural Hospitals that use hospitalists report that their admitting physicians are satisfied or very satisfied with having their patients cared for by a hospitalist.


IMPACT ON RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION [1]

94% of Critical Access and Rural Hospitals that use hospitalists report hospitalist programs have made it easier for them to recruit and retain primary care physicians.



[1] Rural Health Research & Policy Centers - Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center’s April 2012 Policy Brief.  The Upper Midwest RHRC conducted a telephone survey of all CAH’s and rural hospitals with fewer than a 100 staffed beds that had reported using hospitalists in the AHA annual survey.


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