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'The approach of AIM has been different from the beginning, combining excellent patient care with complete hospital integration.


When the hospitalist movement began in the mid-1990s, it was a result of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s decision to limit house staff hours. This left a considerable gap in hospital coverage. As hospitalist numbers grew, primary care physicians realized they could increase revenue by staying in the office instead of making repeated trips to the hospital. Accordingly, and with rapidly advancing technologies in the hospital setting, hospitalist services began to spring up across the country. They are now found at over 73% of United States hospitals, numbering over 48,000.
For most of their history, hospitalists have served primarily as a staffing solution. As time went on, research proved conclusively that having hospitalist programs in place reduced the length of stay, lowered treatment costs, and improved the overall efficiency of care for hospitalized patients. As time went on, hospitalist services evolved to become leaders in quality improvement initiatives in key areas, including:
  • Transitions of care
  • Co-management of patients
  • Reducing hospital acquired diseases
  • Optimizing the care of patients

The approach of AIM has been different from the beginning. AIM provides top hospitalists who provide excellent care. Most hospitalist companies would say the same thing. What those companies cannot say, however, is that they approach their role from a business perspective, totally integrating with the hospital system and its goals.

AIM begins by reviewing a prospective client’s current business, quality and safety data as it relates to the hospitalist program. Using Six Sigma business techniques, a DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control) sequence approach is utilized. In this way, the specific hospital financial and administrative goals are identified and targeted right from the beginning.

A complete review of the existing processes will be performed, and any factors contributing to not meeting desired goals will be identified. This information is analyzed, and solutions for process improvements implemented. Systematic testing of various new methods will be implemented over the first year, and, once the appropriate processes are up and running, monitoring and control systems will be in place to ensure ongoing top performance.

From day one, AIM’s management approach of a hospitalist program at your hospital will be specifically tailored to the organizational goals most important to the administration, creating a shared vision of success. AIM will be providing excellent patient care. Unlike other hospitalist organizations, however, this is only a small part of our services.

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