Healthcare reform. Meaningful use of information technology. Pay for performance. RAC audits. HCAHPS. Revenue cycle optimization. The list goes on. While it appears that hospital leaders have plenty on their plates, they'd better make room for more.
"2011 is the year of the hospitalist and the emergency department," says healthcare quality improvement expert Quint Studer, recalling a keynote speech he delivered at a major healthcare conference last year. "Hospital executives are realizing they must get both of these facets running better if they are to achieve meaningful enhancements."