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You'll make plenty of decisions during pregnancy; names, nursery colors, car seats but choosing where to give birth is one of the most important, life-changing decisions you will make as an expectant parent.
Beyond the typical concerns of insurance, birthing suites and whether you can film the birth, there are several factors that every informed parent-to-be should take into consideration:
Much has been made of the current and projected shortage of OB/GYN’s in our country. In fact, Edward Salsberg, Director of Center for Workforce Studies Association says “there is a gale force wind on the demand side.” The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) agrees, predicting that demand for OB/GYNs will exceed the supply. This paradigm will not only affect hospitals but the remaining practicing OB/GYNs and most importantly, the patients. Ob Hospitalist Group’s mission is to elevate the quality and availability of obstetric care to expectant mothers and as such is at the forefront of understanding this and other women’s healthcare issues and creating innovative ways to minimize any negative impact. Below we examine some of the primary causes for this shift.
The most obvious factor in the shift of supply/demand is expanding population in the US; about 25 million per decade. Adding to that burden is the increase in uninsured and indigent patients who are often the costliest patients for the hospitals that serve them and present a higher risk to treating physicians due to a lack of prenatal care resulting in a greater incidence of complications.
Ob Hospitalist Group’s (OBHG) mission is to elevate the standard and quality of women’s healthcare. Our programs do just that by making a positive impact across many significant areas of hospital medicine. This blog series: OBHG Impact Series will cover key areas where OBHG makes a difference.
This fourth post in the series, Physician Satisfaction will review the positive impact an OBHG program can deliver to partner hospitals by improving the work/life balance of physicians; thereby increasing their overall job satisfaction and enhancing the patient’s experience. You can read the prior posts on Patient Safety, Patient Experience, Risk Reduction here. Our next post will review the positive impact an OBHG program can make on Nursing Staff Satisfaction.
The implementation of an Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) program not only minimizes hospital liability and ensures a higher level of care for patients; it also helps provide community providers more flexibility and time with patients to ensure quality care and avoid adverse outcomes. Having such a program elevates the standard of women’s healthcare, as well as improves a community provider’s efficiency, increases patient throughput all of which are substantial benefits in attracting top-level physicians to work at hospitals utilizing an OBHG hospitalist program.
Not only does having an OBHG hospitalist program have a positive impact on physician recruitment, we have also found that it improves overall physician satisfaction and retention, which is a crucial benefit to a hospital, both clinically and financially.
The Doctors Company , the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, recognizes the reduction of liability risk an Ob Hospitalist Group program (OBHG) delivers by elevating the quality and availability of obstetric care to expectant mothers.
Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) and Beazley, a leading insurer of hospital professional liability risks in the Lloyd’s Insurance market, have created a unique partnership that is sure to bring forth many new and exciting opportunities, the very first of which is an up to 10% discount* on insurance premiums Beazley is offering to OBHG hospital partners.
Beazley at Lloyds insures many of the largest and most prestigious hospitals in the United States including three of the top five pediatric hospitals as listed by US News and World Report and 18% of Modern Healthcare’s top 100 hospitals.
Today the liability challenges faced by healthcare organizations are greater than ever. However, there is strong evidence to suggest that exposures can be mitigated by a top-down commitment to quality and patient safety. Beazley rewards hospitals that implement programs that minimize risk and increase patient safety, satisfaction and demonstrate a commitment to providing the very best medical care available.
After much due diligence, Beazley has determined that an OBHG hospitalist program is a key component in elevating the standard and safety of the women’s healthcare line and as such is offering this unprecedented discount towards hospital insurance premiums.
OBHG provides our hospital partners with custom program policies and procedures aligned with their individual standards, coding and compliance materials and monitor key metrics to ensure accurate and compliant coding.
The work we perform makes a positive impact in the lives of our patients, their newborns and families. It also makes a difference in each hospital by ensuring they are fully equipped with a strong Board Certified, OB/GYN physician team to successfully care for each patient presenting, regardless of time, day or complication.
We are proud this contribution has been recognized and rewarded by a company that has served and protected the best healthcare providers across the globe since 2003.
*Subject to underwriting approval by Beazley.
We invite you to discover more about OBHG and the advantages that our customized programs deliver to our partner hospitals, physicians and patients. Contact an OBHG representative today at Programs@obhg.com or 800.967.2289
Written and published by OBHG Media. Copyright © 2013.
To quote Bob Dylan, A Change is Gonna Come!
In 2015, the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) coding system will require all sectors of healthcare utilize ICD-10 codes rather than the current ICD-9.
OBHG answers that with a further quote by Bob Marley, Everything is Gonna be Alright!
OBHG already has anticipated and prepared for this change by appointing a dedicated Project Manager, Angie Holcombe for the ICD-10 projects to make this transition as painless as possible. We have already completed the process of training and re-certifying all OBHG Medical Coders in preparation of this change and have partnered with McKesson, the largest, and best regarded, Revenue Cycle Manager to provide their comprehensive ICD-10 Transition Service Solution across all areas affected by the conversion.
Additionally, OBHG will be providing new software updated with all ICD-10 related content and will be conducting numerous training sessions as well as providing written materials along the way.
As our industry moves toward reimbursement for quality of care, rather than just fee-for-service, the importance of the National Quality Forum (NQF) metrics and their ties to reimbursement for quality have become an even greater focus for OBHG’s Risk and Patient Safety team.
The NQF metrics were developed based on current best practice guidelines and are directly linked to a hospital’s quality-based incentive reimbursement through CMS. As leaders in elevating the standard of women’s healthcare, it is important to understand the impact these measures have on improving hospitalist performance, as well as on our hospital partners’ bottom line. As such, we are providing the service of tracking and reporting our metrics required by the hospitals, in addition to delivering data-driven training to our hospitalists.
You don’t have to be a high-risk patient for immediate OB/GYN care to be a high priority. Perhaps no medical environment has more potential for situations to turn from routine to life-threatening than the Labor and Delivery department. Nobody knows this more than an Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) hospitalist. In 2006, Dr. Chris Swain, veteran OB/GYN, Founder of Ob Hospitalist Group and the original architect of the Obstetric Emergency Department (OBED) created this innovative, OB/GYN Hospitalist Model with the vision of providing expectant mothers with obstetrical complaints a dedicated Obstetric Emergency Department staffed with emergent care experienced OB/GYNs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Patient safety is our primary goal and we know, that seconds can make life-changing differences in the practice of obstetrical medicine and delays in care are an uneccesary risk for patients, their physicians and hospitals. Since our inception, our team of highly-skilled, Board Certified OB/GYNs have performed over 52,000 deliveries, many of which began as routine and ended up anything but. For each one of these deliveries, the presence of an OBHG hospitalist may have meant the difference between life and death. The following are three such deliveries:
A study published by Women’s Health Issues in September 2013, revealed the percentage of births covered by Medicaid rose from 40% in 2008 to 48% in 2010, a difference of about 90,000 births.
The new study, intended to create a baseline to assess the impact of the Affordable Care Act, was generated by researchers at George Washington University and March of Dimes examining data for the nearly four million U.S. births in 2010, on a state-by-state basis. Southern states had the highest percentage of births paid for by the program, while the lowest rates were in the Northeast and Northwest. Hawaii received the least Medicaid funding at 24% with Louisiana topping the list at 70%.
The past decade has seen significant growth within the OB/GYN hospitalist movement. Over this period, initial concerns about OB/GYN hospitalists competing with or being counter-productive to community providers and/or patient care were demonstrated to be unfounded. In fact, OB/GYN hospitalists were discovered to be very valuable assets. Hospitalists allow community providers to be much more productive and efficient and make their schedules less hectic and more manageable. They also provide a much needed safety-net by greatly minimizing delays in care and reducing liabilities (according to The Doctors Company, delays in care of fetal distress account for 38% of all malpractice claims) for both the community provider and hospitals while providing consistent patient care and elevating patient experience, satisfaction and safety.