Since 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has been using a carrot-and-stick approach intended to encourage hospitals to improve the quality of their care. “If you rate high on our patient satisfaction survey,” says CMS, “we’ll pay you a bonus. Rate low, and we’ll penalize you with a pay cut.” With hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake, hospitals are finding new and creative ways to make sure their patients are happy “customers”: chef-inspired food services, premium movie channels, valet parking, and well-coached, smiling nurses.
As one of the original locum tenens physician staffing firms, we know what it takes to place the right doctor, in the right facility, at the right time. Founded by physicians nearly 40 years ago, Interim Physicians has the expertise to answer your questions and ensure your success as a locum tenens physician.
"A patient with abdominal pain dies from a ruptured appendix after a doctor fails to do a complete exam. A biopsy comes back positive for prostate cancer, but no one follows up when the lab result gets misplaced. A child's fever and rash are diagnosed as a viral illness, but they turn out to be a much more serious case of bacterial meningitis," (The Wall Street Journal, November 18, 2013).