Rethinking preop testing



Aron Mednick, MD, FHM, director of the comanagement service at Tisch Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, said his group talked about an “identify, mitigate, propose, and resolve” method – identifying services or conditions with a high rate of preoperative problems, finding data on how to solve them, and proposing ways to get hospitalists involved in the solution.

“We noted that a lot of people experience resistance with getting hospitalists involved in care early,” he said. “So one of the ways to do this is actually to identify problems and start above the surgeon, at the CMO and COO level, and then move down through department chairs and, basically, impose our existence on the care of the patient.”


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