The Cost Of Hospital-Acquired Conditions

The Cost Of Hospital-Acquired Conditions

This time of the year, all across the country, hospitals are creating scorecards of quality metrics for the upcoming year. But what are the economics of those quality metric choices? It turns out each metric has very different financial implications for the hospital and so there are some metrics that are more cost-effective to achieve […]

What Medicaid Expansion Tells Us About America’s Health

What Medicaid Expansion Tells Us About America’s Health

Medicaid expansion has been a rallying cry for both the politically far left and the politically far right. This post will examine some of the healthcare differences between those states that participated in Medicaid expansion and those states that did not expand Medicare. At its most simplistic, Medicaid expansion has increased federal and state government costs […]

How To dismantle Your Legacy As A Physician

How To dismantle Your Legacy As A Physician

Brett Favre was one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. As physicians, we can learn a lot about the legacy we leave and about how we will be remembered from Brett Favre. After a rookie year with the Atlanta Falcons, Favre joined the Green Bay Packers where he spent the next 16 seasons amassing […]

Why Do People In Ohio Smoke So Much?

Why Do People In Ohio Smoke So Much?

This month, the CDC released the preliminary results of the National Health Interview Survey for 2017. The great news is that the percentage of American adults who smoke dropped nearly 2 percentage points from last year, from 15.8% to 13.9%. This is the lowest number in more than 50 years. But in Ohio, the percentage […]

Gaming Hospital Metrics

Gaming Hospital Metrics

Hospital and physician performance is measured by a lot of different quality metrics and everyone wants to look good. Sometimes, there are ways to make yourself look good without actually being good – by gaming the metrics. Nobody actually talks about these gaming strategies but a lot of people think about them. I’m not recommending […]

How Much Should A Hospital Subsidize A Hospitalist?

How Much Should A Hospital Subsidize A Hospitalist?

The most rapidly growing specialty in medicine is hospitalist medicine. The demand exceeds the supply and as a consequence, salaries are increasing annually at a remarkable rate. Most hospitals cannot function without hospitalists and most hospitalists cannot earn their entire salary from clinical billings alone. Thus, hospitals and hospitalists have formed a symbiotic relationship over […]

The High Cost Of Observation Status

The High Cost Of Observation Status

Medicare and commercial insurance companies love observation status. When a patient has to be hospitalized but only for “less than 2 midnights hospital stay”, then that patient is classified as being in observation status rather than admitted to the hospital. This classification means that the patient is technically an outpatient and not an inpatient and […]