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Despite aggressive criticism, CMS is proceeding to release its star ratings for hospitals this month. Hospital advocates have been among the most vocal opponents, citing two primary concerns: The ratings vastly oversimplify a complex set of metrics. There are no concessions for social determinants of…
One of the best parts of my “job” as a more-or-less emeritus member of SHM’s Practice Analysis Committee is the chance to be involved up close and personal in the development, analysis, and reporting of the biannual State of Hospital Medicine (SoHM) survey. In fact,…
This issue of SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News features: The Boston Globe’s coverage of the growing presence of nocturnists in U.S. hospitals and the associated improvements in patient care and satisfaction The mental health bill that recently cleared the House of Representatives that…
What comes to mind when you think of getting CME? I bet most of you would say sitting in an auditorium, whether that be during your local grand rounds or at our professional society meeting, like Hospital Medicine 16 in sunny San Diego this past…
The assault on Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and the use of high-stakes exams continues. The AMA House of Delegates met this month in Chicago and came up with a set of resolutions addressing the use of high-stakes exams: "RESOLVED, That our American Medical Association call…
A question searching for answers... “How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a Forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence Impoverished, in squalor Grow up to be a hero and scholar?” I wish I heard…
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