Posts by Leslie Flores

Do Hospitalists Need Paid Time Off?

by Leslie Flores, MHA, SFHM Does paid time off (PTO) make sense for physicians like hospitalists and ED docs who are largely shift workers? I guess it depends on your perspective, though I have some definite opinions of my own. But before sharing my thoughts on the value of PTO for hospitalists, it might be instructive to understand a bit about the current state of PTO in hospital medicine groups. It’s hard to know what to make of the information that’s currently available about PTO for hospitalists. Only about 31% of hospital medicine groups serving adult patients provide some paid time off, according to SHM’s 2014 State of Hospital Medicine Survey, though the prevalence of PTO is much higher in academic groups (55%) than non-academic groups (27%). And academic groups provide a median of 208 hours of PTO annually while non-academic groups provide a median of 120 hours annually. But…

Hospitalist Turnover’s a Big Problem – Or is it?

Leslie Flores writes... When you ask hospitalist physician leaders or practice administrators about their most pressing challenges and concerns, physician recruitment and retention are always high on the list.  You have a heck of a time finding a hospitalist to join your practice, and the minute you do one of your existing hospitalists decides to leave – so you are always playing catch-up.  In fact the Phoenix Group, a think tank comprised of representatives from many of the nation’s largest private hospital medicine groups, recently identified the hospitalist workforce shortage as the single most urgent issue demanding the specialty’s attention (see the Phoenix Group’s white paper “Confronting the Hospitalist Workforce Shortage”). (more…)

Welcome to SHM’s newest online endeavor, The Hospitalist Leader blog

Leslie Flores writes... Welcome to SHM's newest online endeavor, The Hospitalist Leader blog.  Your blogging team is excited about this great opportunity to explore a wide range of practice management topics, and we hope that our posts invite a lot of member interaction, interesting dialogue, and the regular expression of differing opinions and points of view. Our goal is to offer commentaries about current hospitalist practice management issues that are interesting, insightful, original, and even occasionally a bit provocative.  We aim to serve as a resource and to educate - but even more important, we want to foster broader thinking and a free exchange of perspectives and ideas that will ultimately lead to innovation and new best practices. (more…)