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Join Dr. Andrew Tisser and guest Dr. Ronald Hirsch as they discuss what a Physician advisor is, its duties and responsibilities, and why it is an essential role in the hospital. Dr. Hirsch shares that a physician advisor determines the correct admission status for the patient so that the hospital gets paid for the care, the physicians get paid for the care, and the patients are in the correct status.

From that, it grew into involving a whole bunch of other things. One of the most significant duties now with physician advisors is to work with the Clinical Documentation Integrity Team, working with medical terms and teaching doctors how to use them properly. In addition, they stand as case managers, especially in complex cases like disagreements between family members and physicians, where they act as a neutral body to read the chart and help the family understand what’s happening. So, if you want to learn more about this fantastic career, tune in and enjoy!

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Ronald Hirsch’s background
  • What is a physician advisor?
  • The process of becoming a physician advisor.
  • The importance of having a physician advisor
  • His advice to early career physician


Today’s Guest

About Dr. Ronald Hirsch:

Leader in health care quality and management with a particular focus on Inpatient and Outpatient care and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations. Board certified by the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians with Physician Advisor sub-specialty designation. Member of the Advisory Boards of the American College of Physician Advisors (ACPA) and the National Association of Healthcare Revenue Integrity (NAHRI). Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians.

Co-author of The Hospital Guide to Contemporary Utilization Review, published by HCPro. Editorial Board member of with a weekly segment on Monitor Monday. Course director for Athena Forum. Internal Medicine residency at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. Board-certified in Internal Medicine.

Been a keynote speaker at multiple conferences but would never put that in my title line.

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