Improve Your Practice

A guide to share responsibility and accountability for the care of a hospitalized patient.

Audiences for Practice Management

The Society of Hospital Medicine offers practice management resources targeting four main audiences. These include Hospital Executives, Physician Leaders, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, and Hospital Medicine Practice Administrators.


Hospitalists need to be familiar with coding and documentation to assure that they receive appropriate reimbursement from payers.

Clinician Engagement and Satisfaction

Research indicates that organizations perform at a high level when their employees are engaged and satisfied with their work.


A guide to share responsibility and accountability for the care of a hospitalized patient.

Communications and Collaboration

High reliability organizations depend on collaboration and teamwork to achieve exceptional results.

Salary and Compensation

The amount of hospitalist compensation and the method by which hospitalists are paid are key decision points in developing a hospital medicine group.

Dashboards/Performance Reporting

Hospital executives should work with their hospitalists to develop a performance reporting system or dashboard that includes utilization, productivity, clinical, and satisfaction metrics.

.        Legal/Contracts/Negotiation

Legal arrangements between a hospital and a hospital medicine group must address relevant laws and regulations.

Patient/PCP Satisfaction

Effective hospital medicine groups focus on improving the patient experience and coordinating effectively with referring physicians.

Staffing and Scheduling

The staffing and scheduling models reflect the clinical and management philosophy of a hospital medicine group.


A hospital medicine group should conduct a formal financial analysis examining revenues, expenses, and return on investment (ROI).