Collaborative Comanagement Between Neurohospitalists and Internal Medicine Hospitalists Decreases Provider Costs and Enhances Satisfaction With Neurology Care at an Academic Medical Center.
Neurohospitalist. 2018 Apr;8(2):74-81
Authors: Greene JG
Background and Purpose: The majority of academic medical centers are moving to a neurohospitalist model of care for hospital neurology coverage. Potential benefits over a more traditional academic model of patient care include greater expertise in acute neurologic disease, increased efficiency, and improved availability to patients, providers, and learners. Despite these perceived advantages, switching to a neurohospitalist model can come at substantial financial cost, so finding ways to maximize the positive impact of a limited number of neurohospitalists is very important to the future health of academic neurology departments. Over the past 7 years, we have implemented a model for inpatient neurological care based on an intimate collaborative relationship between the neurology and hospital medicine services at our main academic hospital. Our goal was to optimize the value of care by decreasing cost while improving quality.
Methods: Cost and revenue associated with professional services was evaluated on a yearly basis. As part of ongoing quality improvement efforts, yearly surveys were administered to referring providers during the transition to a collaborative care model in which NHs and medicine hospitalists comanage neurology inpatients.
Results: Net operating loss was dramatically decreased upon transition to the new care model. Concomitantly, there was a robust positive impact on perception of overall quality, timeliness, and communication skills of neurology services.
Conclusions: Collaborative comanagement is an effective strategy to improve overall satisfaction with neurology services at a tertiary academic medical center while maintaining financial viability.
PMID: 29623157 [PubMed]