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Category: Attribution

3 Ways Hospitalists Influence Length of Stay

I am the Chief Medical Officer of MDP Management, a Chattanooga-based hospitalist group serving health systems in the Southeast. Our focus is medical practice management that empowers physicians to provide the highest quality care, exceed goals and drive change in the[…]

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A Brief Intro to Clinical "VR" ("Variation Reduction")

Who would dare tell a doctor how to practice medicine? While many other industries have embraced the benefits of standardization, the practice of medicine is still built on the pillars of professional autonomy and individual clinical judgment. For more tenured physicians this[…]

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Clinical Variation Insight: Opioid Prescription Rates

On the heels of Hospital Medicine 2019, I am pleased to cover hospitalist opioid prescribing as the latest in Agathos’ insight blog series. Dr. Syed Raza (CHI St. Luke’s Health The Woodlands Hospital) recently presented a poster presentation at Hospital Medicine 2019 on his[…]

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Oh, length of stay, how shall I reduce thee?

Clinical variation is the focus in healthcare, thanks in part to the unprecedented access to data made possible through EHRs. This information has inspired and, frankly, overwhelmed hospitals seeking to pinpoint inefficiencies and optimize pathways and processes. Clinicians[…]

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Clinical Variation Insight: Daily Common Labs

The Society of Hospital Medicine and Choosing Wisely recommends reducing the frequency of daily unnecessary phlebotomy. We examined the lab ordering practices of 29 hospitalists and presented personalized data via the Agathos platform.

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Clinical Variation Insight: Folate Testing

Folate deficiency is rare, and folate testing is rarely indicated. We sent 29 hospitalists personalized guidance about folate testing and will measure the impact of this intervention over the next few months.

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Why Physician Attribution Drives Performance Improvement

Provider attribution, the process of associating outcomes to the care of individual providers, is a critical component of an effective performance improvement initiative. Hospitals can realize big gains using data to drive performance—but doing so requires understanding how[…]

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