Pediatric Hospital Medicine 2012

Pediatric Hospitalist Programs in Community Hospitals: Lessons Learned in the Trenches
Jeffrey Brown, Michelle Hofmann, John Pope, Jack Percelay, Rachel Marek, Julia Arana, Elizabeth Robbins
At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Better understand the unique aspects of working in and directing a pediatric hospitalist program in a community hospital setting.
  2. Learn from pediatric hospitalists working in similar settings about how they addressed unique aspects of providing care in these settings.
  3. Better undertands what resources are available through the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Academic Pediatric Association (APA) and other national organizations to assist them in addressing issues at their home institution.
  4. Network with pediatric hospitalists from around the country who are working in similar institutions

Pediatric hospitalist programs continue to proliferate in the U.S. Current estimates are that about 3,000 pediatric hospitalists practice in U.S. hospitals and about 65% of these are in community hospital settings. These community hospital-based programs are unique and offer challenges that are different from programs in university, children s hospitals or other settings. This highly interactive workshop will explore the unique aspects of pediatric hospitalist programs in community hospital settings including physician recruitment/retention, services provided, quality indicators, coding/billing, transfer and interaction with tertiary care university/children's hospitals and subspecialists, use of adult providers and other issues. This should be a particularly relevant session for pediatric hospitalists who work in and/or direct pediatric hospitalist programs in community hospital settings.




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