Disruptive Behavior Affects Hospital Financial Health

From Medscape (free registration required):

A recent study by Alan Rosenstein, MD, medical director of Physician Wellness Services of Minneapolis, Minn., published in the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management, shows the impact of disruptive behavior by healthcare professionals on hospitals’ financial health in terms of staff recruitment and retention, malpractice lawsuits and insurers’ “non-pay for adverse events” reimbursement policies. The study cites data indicating that recruiting a new nurse costs $60,000 to $100,000, not including the costs of orientation and training. Adverse drug events cost $2,000 to $5,800 and lengthen hospital stays by 2.2 days to 4.6 days, and additional care for hospital-acquired infections costs $20,000 to $38,000. Meanwhile, a 2006 study shows that malpractice claims related to medical errors cost $521,560 on average. Rosenstein says doctors often do not realize they are exhibiting disruptive behavior, and he recommends that hospitals try a remedial approach before a confrontational or punitive legal one.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 488 other followers

%d bloggers like this: