Inpatient Pediatric Care Assessment & Optimization

The physicians of PRG have a wealth of clinical, administrative, and leadership experience within departments and divisions of children’s hospitals and community settings.

PRG consulting associates have worked for decades in the inpatient pediatric space in all settings, from small community hospitals to large quaternary academic medical centers. PRG can assess and optimize entire pediatric departments or individual divisions.

All elements can be assessed, such as team culture, coverage & staffing models, co-management guidelines, and beyond.

PRG physicians have been at the forefront of the pediatric hospitalist movement and provide comprehensive external reviews of your division or assist in starting a new Pediatric Hospitalist program.

Potential areas for assessment and intervention based on the scope of the engagement:

  • Understand the current process of inpatient coverage, including all elements of a pediatric hospitalist program, to highlight current best practices and recommend opportunities for improvement
  • Assist in the development of a successful and sustainable hospitalist program
  • Strategic planning for the inpatient care or hospitalist model
  • Review internal data in relation to national benchmarks for full-time equivalent (FTE) total hours, clinical hours, number of patients covered, number of admissions/discharges per day, etc…
  • Guidance on hospitalist or inpatient care leadership development
  • Financial review of the hospitalist program with compensation, patient care revenue, non-patient care sources of funding, and hospital investment in the program
  • Evaluate care pathways, care transition processes, and communication streams between inpatient physicians and primary/referring physicians
  • Review how the physicians interface with nursing and other staff within the inpatient care delivery model
  • Explore the role of non-clinical responsibilities for physicians providing inpatient care, some examples include:
    • Education
    • Research
    • Quality & safety
    • Performance improvement
    • Physician Advisor roles