Hospitalist practices, as do other inpatient-based practices, present the unique challenge of managing, maintaining and growing the practice from afar. The physicians are either too busy with patient care while on shift rounding in the hospital or they are off and you are asking for time away from family. There is no in-between. The physicians and administration have to compromise at times, but practice managers can create smooth paths to follow to accomplish practice goals without using excessive physician time.
Setting up and streamlining systems, deciding on modes of communication and agreeing to the number, timing and types of meetings that are absolutely necessary are the first steps toward efficient use of time. Physician leadership and involvement is extremely important in every aspect of the practice, but administration can take the lead and with physician input address the following five areas for optimum practice success.