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Patient Safety, Hospital Innovation and JHM Research in the News

Feb 8, 2016 | No Comments

Media Monitoring Report: January 21 – February 4, 2016 Hospital medicine surfaced in a variety of medical and regional news outlets over the past two weeks, ranging from alarm management and hospital communication to creating a culture of innovation in the hospital and coverage of Journal of Hospital Medicine research. Medscape and Stat News focused on two important issues impacting...

  • Spilled Milk: An Investigation.
    Spilled Milk: An Investigation.
    Feb 4, 2016 | No Comments

    Be careful with that. Don’t spill it! A few minutes later, my daughter’s tiny, sweet hands, place the giant cup down on an awkward angle beyond her dinner. The cup rocks back and forth and seems to settle on the tip of the fork. Phew. And then it topples over, onto the table, and over the iPhone. A white wave...

  • Do You Speak Surgeon-ese?
    Feb 3, 2016 | No Comments

    Kurt Pfeifer, MD, FACP, FHM Does the phrase “medical clearance” make your skin crawl? Perioperative medicine continues to be a growing part of the practice of hospitalists everywhere, yet for many this is an area they feel uncomfortable with. Never fear! Hospital Medicine 2016 has more perioperative medicine educational offerings than ever! On Sunday, March 6 the all-day Perioperative Medicine...

  • Getting Permission to Die
    Jan 28, 2016 | 1 Comment

    by Rachel Deming When I first met Ms. G. she told me she was in such pain that she wanted to die. She had a nice life, a full life, and her pain was just unbearable, she told me. “I have to stay strong for my children, however,” she said. “They want to see me, so I have to keep...

  • Hospital Medicine’s Continued Growth & SHM Member Successes in the News
    Jan 26, 2016 | Comments Off on Hospital Medicine’s Continued Growth & SHM Member Successes in the News

    Media Monitoring Report: January 9 – January 21, 2016 The latest edition of SHM Media Highlights features the continuing evolution and growth of hospital medicine during its twentieth anniversary, performance measurement, SHM member successes, Journal of Hospital Medicine patient safety research and studies on how physicians choose their personal end-of-life care plans. In general hospital medicine news, The Advisory Board...

  • Single Payer Healthcare in the US? What?
    Jan 19, 2016 | 1 Comment

    by Dr. Douglas Mitchell MD, MBA  On January 10, 2014 the state of Maryland announced a new approach to hospital payments that would radically alter how healthcare is delivered in the state. Hospitals would no longer be incentivized to generate more volume but would instead be rewarded for keeping people out the hospital. Uwe Reinhardt, a health care economist at...

  • Hospitalist Unionization, Journal of Hospital Medicine Research Make National News
    Jan 13, 2016 | Comments Off on Hospitalist Unionization, Journal of Hospital Medicine Research Make National News

    Media Monitoring Report: December 17, 2015 – January 9, 2016 Entering 2016, the latest SHM Media Highlights are robust, including stories on the unionization of hospitalists, Journal of Hospital Medicine alarm fatigue research, SHM member and organizational successes and a glance at the evolution of hospital medicine in 2015. The New York Times recently covered a story based in Oregon,...

  • Student Resolutions for the New Year
    Jan 12, 2016 | Comments Off on Student Resolutions for the New Year

    by Dr. Harry Cho As we ring in the New Year, the medical students in our new Student High Value Care Committee (sHVC) have three wishes. They spent quite a bit of time doing research, reviewing evidence and guidelines like Choosing Wisely and our own, Things We Do For No Reason. The amazing thing about students is that they haven’t...

  • Should Hospitalists Unionize?
    Should Hospitalists Unionize?
    Jan 11, 2016 | 5 Comments

      If you have given any thought to corporatized medicine and its impact on medical practice, I advise you to read this extended New York Times piece:           The story concerns the contentious relationship between a hospitalist group and their employer, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, Oregon.  The group alleges the hospital made advances to replace them...

  • Maintaining Balance
    Maintaining Balance
    Jan 6, 2016 | 2 Comments

    I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions. They seem to be too easy to break and lead to disappointment. But my birthday and New Year’s are close together, and they do provide convenient markers to reflect on life, health, and balance. Every day I round in the hospital I find myself discussing healthy lifestyle habits with my patients. Take time...

  • What’s Your Hospitalist Group’s Gross Happiness Index?
    Dec 30, 2015 | 1 Comment

    Since the 1970s the kingdom of Bhutan’s leaders have believed that the country’s “Gross National Happiness” is more important than its gross national product. They actually started measuring Gross National Happiness in 2010. When I think about factors contributing to sustainability in hospital medicine, I wonder if hospitalist group leaders should be measuring “Gross Group Happiness” and not just gross...

  • Yes, Yes, Yes!
    Dec 28, 2015 | Comments Off on Yes, Yes, Yes!

    by Anna Arroyo Plasencia, MD, SFHM You have probably already seen SHM’s Action Alert, Crisis in the Mental Health System.  I would have missed this item if a colleague hadn’t mentioned it, though, this could not have come at a better time. America’s mental health system is broken! As hospitalists, we are constantly asked to care for patients whose medical...

  • Before the White Coat Gets the Modern Healthcare Spotlight in SHM Media Highlights
    Dec 22, 2015 | Comments Off on Before the White Coat Gets the Modern Healthcare Spotlight in SHM Media Highlights

    SHM’s Before the White Coat podcast, hospitalist satisfaction, Choosing Wisely and Journal of Hospital Medicine research are featured in the latest roundup of media articles about the specialty. After celebrating its six-month anniversary, SHM’s podcast, Before the White Coat, was highlighted in a Modern Healthcare article — in print and online — reviewing the inspiration for its development and a few...

  • There Are a Million Stories in the Naked City
    There Are a Million Stories in the Naked City
    Dec 22, 2015 | Comments Off on There Are a Million Stories in the Naked City

    Hospital Allegory:  (Special thanks to Keiki Hinami). Three scientists are tromping through the wilds of a previously uncharted rain forest. They are captured by blood thirsty aborigines who scream and chant at them. The Chief approaches the first scientist as asks him, “Do you want death or do you want cheech?”  The natives whoop and holler.  The scientist, shaking in...

  • Money back Guarantee!
    Money back Guarantee!
    Dec 17, 2015 | Comments Off on Money back Guarantee!

    We’ve all seen hundreds of commercials of companies advertising products and services with a money back guarantee. The Men’s Warehouse, for example, has been guaranteeing to men across the globe for over a decade, “You’re going to like the way you look; I guarantee it!” But to date, no one has made such a “guarantee” in the healthcare industry. Buying...

  • Book Review: When Breath Becomes Air
    Dec 15, 2015 | 1 Comment

    by Chris Moriates, MD Paul Kalanithi was a neurosurgeon and writer. He was not a neurosurgeon who just so happened to write. And he was certainly not a writer who just so happened to perform craniotomies. He spent a life devoted to developing both sides of his brain – exercising them rigorously, never letting one side atrophy from the other,...

  • More Med Mal Sustenance
    More Med Mal Sustenance
    Dec 14, 2015 | Comments Off on More Med Mal Sustenance

      I call med mal the joy that keeps on giving.  It’s blogger’s crack.  We all love med mal goodness. Medscape released their 2015 Malpractice Report–and as always, the results provide some interesting grist for the mill.  I will not go through all the findings, but below, I cite some of the more prominent questions and responses (with my comments). The...

  • The Pendulum
    The Pendulum
    Dec 10, 2015 | 4 Comments

    People ask me periodically how I am doing with my Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). Sometimes the question is easy and quick (last hemoglobin was 14.6, WBC 5.8, Platelets 124). Sometimes I am asked how I am balancing work, family, health/illness, etc. This one is harder. People seem to be looking for words of wisdom. I will tell anyone from the...

  • Quality Improvement, Burnout in Healthcare News
    Dec 8, 2015 | Comments Off on Quality Improvement, Burnout in Healthcare News

    SHM initiatives, clinician burnout, Medicare and new end-of-life care tools appeared in the last two weeks of media highlights in medical and regional news outlets. Because hospitalists are more frequently managing inpatient care of adults 65 and older, Medscape recently featured Journal of Hospital Medicine research on developing a patient-centered research agenda for improving the care of older hospitalized patients....

  • A “Never Event” Happened to My Family Member.  Don’t Let It Happen to You.
    A “Never Event” Happened to My Family Member. Don’t Let It Happen to You.
    Dec 8, 2015 | 5 Comments

    It is odd being on the other end of the doctor/patient interaction and having a surgeon calling me in the middle of the night apologizing for a mistake. I was scared and then I started to feel anger creeping in. How could this happen? Swiss cheese models and checklists danced in my brain. The analytical part of me was appreciative of the straight-forward manner...

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