A scalable force for quality
Hospital medicine has quickly grown to become a firmly established physician presence in nearly all hospital organizations today. This rapid expansion of hospital medicine was initially fueled by the need for greater operational efficiency, but today, there is increased recognition that hospitalists can inflect many more outcomes.
Hospitalists care for a large proportion of patients and their performance drives organizational quality performance, which truly makes them a “scalable force for quality.” Yet, only about a third of executives reported feeling confident that they had a high-performing hospitalist program. This begs the question—why are hospital executives less than confident in their hospitalist programs?
Executives are missing a bigger opportunity to position their hospitalists to lead broad, transformational quality improvement efforts. With the right support and expectations, hospitalists can have a profound impact on quality and culture across the organization.