Don’t know about you, but I have found SHM’s Key Principles and Characteristics of an Effective Hospital Medicine Group to be a very useful framework for thinking about what it takes for a hospitalist group to be successful. The Key Characteristics seem to have resonated with hospitalists and hospitalist group leaders across the country. They have also gained the interest of hospital administrators and CMOs, and I think that’s a good thing because one of the top take-aways from the Key Characteristics is how crucial it is for HMGs to be adequately resourced and supported.
John Nelson and I will, as usual, be serving as course co-directors for the practice management pre-course at the upcoming HM16 meeting in San Diego on March 6th. This year we wanted to take a completely different approach and structure the pre-course in a way that will help attendees really put the Key Characteristics into practice and propel their groups forward. So John and I, along with our outstanding faculty colleagues Drs. Steve Deitelzweig and Win Whitcomb, will be sharing tons of best practices gleaned from years of working with hospital medicine groups all over the country – in other words we will be putting meat on the bones of the Key Characteristics.
I hope you’ll consider joining us.
Other HM16 highlights:
- Get up early and join us for the 5K Fun Run (sponsored by Nelson Flores and Ingenious Med) on Tuesday, March 8th. Registration is at 5:30 am, and the run is free for HM16 attendees. More information at the bottom of this page: http://www.hospitalmedicine2016.org/
- Don’t miss John Nelson and Rick Hilger share their experiences implementing strategies for improving care for high-utilizer and frequent flyer patients at 3:15 on Monday, March 7th.
- I’ll be part of a panel discussing hospitalist work-life balance on Tuesday, March 8th at 4:20.
So much to look forward to at Hospital Medicine 2016. See you in San Diego.
Leslie Flores is a founding partner at Nelson Flores Hospital Medicine Consultants, a consulting practice that has specialized in helping clients enhance the effectiveness and value of hospital medicine programs as well as those in other hospital-focused practice specialties since 2004. Ms. Flores began her career as a hospital executive, after receiving a BS degree in biological sciences at the University of California at Irvine and a Master’s in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota. In addition to her leadership experience in hospital operations, business development, managed care and physician relations, she has provided consulting, training and leadership coaching services for hospitals, physician groups, and other healthcare organizations. Ms. Flores is an active speaker and writer on hospitalist practice management topics and serves on SHM’s Practice Analysis and Annual Meeting Committees. She serves as an informal advisor to SHM on practice management-related issues and helps to coordinate SHM’s bi-annual State of Hospital Medicine Survey.