In Taoist philosophy, yin and yang describe two seemingly contrary halves that together make a complete whole. It aptly describes a common experience in academic medical centers: Balancing patient care with academic training and research. At a recent advisory group meeting for Allscripts EPSiTM decision support leaders at academic medical centers, I heard some common themes: When a resident and physician are working side by side, how do we account for the expenses associated with teaching time and other “non-billable” activities? What are the true costs and contribution to patient care given the additional academic time and materials supporting each resident? How do we accurately budget and account for funding sources that are established to pay for the research and teaching aspects of care? How do we have the right financial incentives and programs in place to keep and grow […]
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