Service line strategies
Hospital executives who are coping the best with declining inpatient utilization are making dramatic changes in the way they manage their traditional hospital service lines. Among the strategies:
They are eliminating low-volume services at community hospitals. To keep those facilities viable, they are creating specific service-line centers of excellence or institutes.
Within service lines, they are streamlining care by redesigning clinical care procedures.
They are using physicianled teams to standardize care protocols.
Physicians are being supplied with the data needed to see where their practices do not conform with best practices.
To lower costs, surgeons are being encouraged to standardize their use of often-costly physician-preference items.