Current Role of CMO in Hospital Organizations
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Current Role of CMO in Hospital Organizations

By Healthcare Tech Outlook | Thursday, November 28, 2019

The CMO must ensure that practitioners take steps to subdue variations in practices that lead to compliance with paramount use guidelines and decrease the overall length of stay in hospitals. By doing so, the CMO promotes synchronization of patient care during the hospital experience and through the post-discharge phase.

FREMONT, CA: There is a sea of change occurring in hospitals and health care organizations. So, hospitals and physicians need alignment of their goals to create safe and high-quality care at a lower cost. Patients are demanding improved quality and safety and cost containment. In this setting, a conventional hospital organization, where organized medical staffs are in a typical autonomous role for doctors, are struggling to provide and sustain responsible quality and cost-effective care to patients.

Given the nature of the changes, physicians and hospitals find it increasingly difficult to function proficiently as separate entities. They need a proper grouping to deliver what is expected of them. Therefore, it has fallen chiefly to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) to forge the alliance, to form an operational and meaningful liaison between the physicians and hospital administrators.

Functions of the CMO

• A CMO should lead the necessary culture change from the autonomous physician to that of physicians as members of a health care team.

• The medical officer ought to spearhead physician acceptance of transparent performance development metrics and of working in partnership with case manager and nurses.

• The CMO must ensure that practitioners take steps to subdue variations in practices that lead to compliance with paramount use guidelines and decrease the overall length of stay in hospitals. By doing so, the CMO promotes synchronization of patient care during the hospital experience and through the post-discharge phase.

The CMO offers an integrating force connecting all aspects of hospital care, including:

• Utilization
• Credentialing
• Quality and Safety
• Physician practice evaluation

The integrating role is essential regardless of the type of organizational model, be it an extensive healthcare system or a small community hospital. The order of managerial complexity may change, but the necessity for a unified and integrated strategic leadership does not. The CMO translates administrative imperatives to the medical personnel and offers a clinical perspective to organizational strategy and vision.

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