Staying out of the Penalty Box - Eagle Hospital Physicians Helps Hospitals Avoid Costly CMS Penalties

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Clinical Performance Management Services Provide Targeted Solutions for Specific Performance Issues

ATLANTA, Oct. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Eagle Hospital Physicians (EHP) has helped build the hospitalist industry

since its founding nearly two decades ago and is still finding new ways to pioneer it with innovative programs like telemedicine, new staffing models and tactics and technology tools to improve key performance metrics – specifically, helping hospitals avoid costly CMS penalties. In 2015, 2,592 hospitals across the United States were fined $420 million in Medicare penalties for excessive readmission rates. Nearly one of every five Medicare patients sent to the hospital ends up returning within a month, according to a recent Healthcare Finance report.  

Eagle's Clinical Performance Management (CPM) services help in-house hospitalist programs improve their performance on key metrics like excessive readmission rates. CPM aligns a team of experienced physician executives and clinical operations experts from Eagle in a methodical and targeted approach to solve specific challenges. Eagle helps hospitals improve performance in key areas such as readmit rates, length of stay (LOS), HCAHPS scores, and physician productivity. Eagle develops practice-specific Clinical Action Plans that address key issues and help hospitals move their metrics in the right direction by delivering expert coaching and improving processes bases on today's best practices.

"Through CPM, we are able to serve hospitals that want to keep their in-house hospitalist program and improve it—whether it's a leadership issue, a staffing issue, a quality issue, or a revenue cycle issue," said Talbot "Mac" McCormick, MD, president and CEO of Eagle Hospital Physicians. "Engaging an outside hospitalist management firm to come in, take the pulse of an in-house program, and deliver a roadmap for improvement is a proactive step that more and more hospitals are taking today to resuscitate their bottom line."

Getting the Word Out

Eagle recently launched a video that promotes CPM services for helping hospitals avoid reimbursement penalties using a hockey game as a metaphor. As the Eagle website says, its CPM services are designed to "keep you out of the penalty box."

Readmit penalties are mentioned in the video with other penalties that Eagle's CPM helps hospitals avoid by fine-tuning their hospitalist programs, including penalties based on Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) rates and Hospital-Acquired Conditions (HAC) such as infections and mortality rates. Eagle's CPM services can also help hospitals:

  • Use Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) more effectively
  • Reduce skyrocketing LOS rates
  • Improve ED throughput and overall hospital throughput
  • Avoid financial losses from inaccurate coding
  • Solve chronic recruiting problems by Implementing new provider models such as telemedicine, transitional care clinics, and more

"Eagle's CPM services answer a growing need of in-house hospitalist programs. Our company evolves with the industry, and will continue to do so," continued McCormick. "With a leadership team that has more than 50 combined years of successful hospitalist management experience, we have designed the CPM service line as a way of packaging our expertise to benefit hospitalist programs and help them achieve better results. Or as our video says, 'Go from the penalty box to the power play.'"

About EHP

EHP supports hospitalist programs in hospitals across the U.S. Led by physicians who are pioneers in the hospitalist movement, the company delivers Clinical Performance Management (CPM) services to in-house hospitalist programs, telemedicine programs, physician recruitment and support services, and turnkey hospitalist programs. With years of experience in hospital leadership and hundreds of successful client engagements, EHP shares its expertise through tailored solutions that meet the evolving needs of hospitals today. For more information, visit

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SOURCE Eagle Hospital Physicians

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