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AMA Principles for a Sustainable and Successful Hospitalist Program

The AMA worked with the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), the American Hospital Association (AHA) and The Joint Commission (TJC) to develop model guidelines on sustainable hospitalist programs. The result of this effort is a set of 15 principles, grouped into four categories: Vision, Organization/Structure, Relationships/Communications, and Operations/Management.

The group developed these principles in recognition that "all healthcare is local." Every hospital has evolved within the dynamics of its local community. There are unique issues pertaining to the medical staff, other professional staff, hospital leadership, employers, insurers, and government. Each hospitalist program has its own identity, which is a function of how and why it was started and its "history" to date. These 15 "Principles for Developing a Sustainable and Successful Hospitalist Program" have been designed with the intent of being applicable to all hospitalist programs. Therefore, their application and implementation may vary significantly depending on the local situation and environment.

Drs. Lynn Nowak (AMA-OMSS) and Chad Whelan (SHM) discuss the "Principles for Developing a Sustainable and Successful Hospitalist Program."

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Principles for a Sustainable and Successful Hospitalist Program
Printable version of Principles for a sustainable and successful hospitalist program now available

To order a poster of the Principles to post in your medical staff lounge, please contact OMSS Staff