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Has your organization implemented electronic medical records?

How much does your medical staff charge for dues?

We recently ask you how your medical staff manages dues. Now we’d like to ask you much you charge. Share your fee and see how it compares to other medical staffs.

Are hospitalists at your organization full members of the medical staff?

We’re curious–are hospitalists full members of your medical staff, meaning they have the right to vote and hold office? If your medical staff places hospitalists in a separate category, please use the comment box below to describe why your medical staff made that choice. Thanks to all those who participate in this informal poll!

Aging practitioner policy survey

Medical staff dues survey

Don’t have adequate office space? Try this tip.

I recently spoke with Martin Buser, partner at Hospitalist Management Resources, LLC in Del Mar, CA, for an article I am writing about how important it is for hospitalists to have adequate office space. He had a great idea for hospitalist program managers who need more than a broom closet to get their paperwork done: 

“I often say if you have a bad office, then when you hold your monthly meetings with administration in your office. Let the administrator sit there and think ‘This is nothing like my office,’ ” he said.

Buser added that very few hospitalist programs he has consulted with have adequate office space. What about yours?

Look for the office space article in the May issue of Hospitalist Leadership Advisor, a supplement to Medical Staff Briefing.

Is your job like an episode of House?

Last night while watching House, M.D., I had to explain to someone, “You know what I do all day? I write for people like Cuddy.” It’s always easiest to explain your job in terms of medical dramas. Although I’m not an inpatient director, or even a physician, I find that using television characters is a good basis of explaining who I write for.

I don’t want to be the spoiler, but in this particular episode, Lisa Cuddy, the director of inpatient medicine and hospital administrator could exemplify a day in the life of similar executives who both practice and lead.

Tied to her Blackberry throughout the day, Cuddy negotiates a new insurance contract, meets with the board, uncovers and fires a rogue, drug-stealing pharmacy technician, sees a patient in the clinic, ends a fight in the OR, talks to a suing patient, and all while managing to be a good parent of a sick infant.

Though dramatized, the show had me wondering if your job resembles that of the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital.

Quick reader survey

Thanks to everyone who visited in 2009! We are attacking the new year with a spirit of improvement, but we need your help. Please take a few seconds to take this poll (choose as many answers as you’d like), and feel free to leave comments in the box below. We welcome constructive criticism!

Five-second hospitalist poll

Poll: Hospitalist staffing during the holidays

‘Tis the season for hospitalists to take time off.  So, tell us, is ensuring adequate coverage like pulling teeth, or is your team open to compromise? Rate how easy it is to put together a holiday schedule using the quiz below. If you’re looking for some scheduling advice, read “Six evergreen tips for holiday scheduling,” in the December, 2008 issue of Hospitalist Leadership Advisor, a supplement to Medical Staff Briefing.

Happy scheduling!

Poll: Do you plan on pursuing the ABIM’s focused practice in hospital medicine certification?

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Lingo check: What do you call a nurse practitioner and physician assistant?

What do you call a nurse practitioner (NP) and a physician assistant (PA)? No, this isn’t the start of a derogatory joke. Instead, it’s a good linguistics question.

At the Society of Hospital Medicine 2009 annual meeting last week, I spoke with NPs and PAs who referred to themselves as NPPs (non-physician providers), while the doctors in the sessions commonly referred to this group as mid-levels. What’s the correct term?

Pat Spurlock, assistant director of professional affairs at the American Academy of Physician Assistants said it is more accurate to use the terms NPPs or NPs/PAs. To be more specific, some physician assistants identify themselves as PAs in hospital medicine to better describe their role.

What terminology do you use at your facility or at other institutions? Take the poll below.