The next issue of ACP Hospitalist is online and coming to your mailbox. Featured stories include:
Post-discharge calls. A simple phone call to a recently discharged patient can go a long way towards clarifying issues like medication use or the need for outpatient follow-up. It can also help lower readmission rates and boost patient satisfaction. Learn about different strategies hospitalist programs have used to make post-discharge calls a routine practice in their facilities.
Team meetings. Hospitals can help lower readmission rates by having regular staff meetings to discuss the status of various patients. The combined input of physicians, nurses and other care team members can change the course of care—including the date of discharge—and ultimately lead to better outcomes. Daily meetings can also improve relationships among health team members, thus helping increase job satisfaction. Learn tips for how to make team meetings work at your hospital.
Hand hygiene success story. Learn how the Greater Baltimore Medical Center used a multi-pronged approach to reach 90% hand hygiene compliance in some units of the hospital.
The rock star hospitalist. San Francisco hospitalist Rupa Marya, MD, didn't want to pick between her two loves of medicine and music. So she didn't. Read about how the singer-doctor balances two very different careers.
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