Should you outsource your OB hospitalist program?

Many hospital leaders appreciate the importance of a 24/7 OB hospitalist program to drive volume growth, improve quality of care and support the medical staff.

However, the hard decision really comes down to whether to do-it-yourself or outsource.

Outsource vs. insource your OB hospitalist program: How to choose

Any hospital considering an OB hospitalist program should compare the pros and cons of outsourcing versus developing your own in-house OB hospitalist program. There are many important aspects to consider when making this critical decision.

Building your own OB hospitalist program

There are many factors to account for when considering whether or not to develop and self-manage your OB hospitalist program, such as:

  • Recruiting physicians
  • Purchasing malpractice insurance
  • Assuming all malpractice liability risk
  • Accounting for premium labor costs
  • Assuming financial risk
  • Managing physician burn out
  • Overseeing physician management and training
  • Managing professional fee billing, coding and compliance
  • Undertaking administrative burden of filling shifts

Additionally, you should consider the importance of driving strategic clinical, operational or financial objectives and the additional complexity of incorporating:

  • Strong clinical program leadership
  • Data reporting, benchmarking and analysis
  • Clinical management and process standardization
  • Development and implementation of best practices and protocols
  • Volume and throughput optimization
  • Financial analysis and benchmarking
  • Private practice engagement

Building an OB hospitalist program with OBHG

When you invest in a comprehensive OB hospitalist program from OBHG, OB clinicians and support staff are at the forefront to improve patient safety, mitigate the challenging workforce issues facing OB/GYNs today, reduce maternal mortality and improve outcomes. Although initial costs of an outsourced program may be higher, revenue-generating opportunities continue to increase throughout the program and hidden costs of running your own program can further impact the comparative analysis. OBHG’s comprehensive programs include complete operational management including:

Active On-Site coverage

  • Physician-led triage for every patient coming to labor and delivery
  • Non-competitive support for local providers
  • Backup support for medical staff
  • Training expertise
  • OB clinicians skilled in emergent care
  • Clinicians who embrace hospital initiatives and goals
  • Participation in department leadership, committees and medical staff meetings
  • A partner for MFMs for transports and patient care management
  • Residency program support, training and coverage

Clinical leadership

  • Dedicated clinical site director with additional oversight and support provided by regional and national leadership
  • Clinical protocol implementation and management
  • Physician training, simulation drills and continuing medical education
  • Backed by robust network of physicians to leverage national and regional best practices
  • Data reporting and benchmarking
  • Support for hospital growth initiatives
  • Managing physician burn out

Labor and Delivery/OB hospitalist management

  • OB emergency room implementation and management
  • Candidate identification and recruitment
  • Physician schedule management
  • Billing and coding
  • Community provider outreach
  • Premium labor costs

Quality management

  • Risk data reporting
  • Internal processes and compliance reviews
  • Quality data and outcomes metrics tracking and analysis
  • Medical malpractice coverage

Ongoing program customization

  • Program offering customized to fit size and needs of hospital
  • Ability to scale with hospitals
  • Clinical, operational and compliance expertise
  • Operational and financial benchmarking to optimize program performance

The realities of managing on-site L&D coverage

Listen in as Dr. Mark Olszyk, chief medical officer and vice president at Carroll Hospital, talks about the downfalls of trying to manage your own in-house coverage program with community and employed OB/GYNs on The Obstetrics Podcast:

Listen now:

Let OBHG shoulder the burden

As the largest and only dedicated OB hospitalist provider in the U.S., OBHG becomes a part of your team to build a strong, successful OB hospitalist program. We have a proven ability to drive better outcomes for our hospital partners while supporting and accomplishing their strategic goals on labor and delivery.

Contact us to learn more.

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