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Broken RAC System Continues to Hurt Patients, Providers

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Apr 22, 2014 | No Comments

by Dr. Bart Caponi MD, FHM “Inpatient” and “Observation” are terms familiar to every hospitalist, and to increasing numbers of patients and lawmakers.  The difference can be significant–while “inpatients” are covered by Medicare Part A, people in “observation” are not; nor do they gain access to other benefits, like nursing home rehabilitation.  Until recently, no one paid any attention to...

  • Medical Scribes
    Danielle Scheurer
    Apr 19, 2014 | No Comments

    The New York Times recently covered an article about the use of scribes in the medical industry (NYT). Although the use of scribes among hospitalists is unknown, there are reportedly 10,000 medical scribes working within hospitals and clinics. These scribes can cost between $20-$25 an hour, but anecdotally can save priceless time and energy for many types of physicians. Wondering...

  • When Being There Is Not Enough
    When Being There Is Not Enough
    Tracy Cardin
    Apr 17, 2014 | No Comments

    I’m no shrinking violet.  When I get an idea in my head, I’m like a dog with a bone, I don’t let go.  And I have been crowing like a rooster forever about NPs and PAs and how life affirming and awesome we are; how we bring the party to the party; how anyone’s practice could be smoothed out, enhanced,...

  • A View from the Podium
    A View from the Podium
    Burke Kealey
    Apr 15, 2014 | No Comments

    Speech? Check! Slides? Check! Selfie? Check! I had the great honor to address our membership a few weeks ago in Las Vegas at HM 14.  For those of you who have never had the chance to speak before a huge ballroom filled with over 3,000 of your closest friends and colleagues, I recommend it – there’s nothing better to get...

  • An emergency call to food! There’s a MALNUTRITION GAP IN HOSPITALS
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    Apr 10, 2014 | No Comments

    by Dr. Karim Godamunne MD, MBA, SFHM Every day we admit patients to the hospital and on day one we order a diet or maybe we don’t and we wait, and wait and occasionally wait some more.  Or maybe we just don’t order enough (nutrition that is).  Evidence from the Journal of Parental and Enteral Nutrition suggests that in 2010...

  • Hospital Medicine: Driving the Future of Healthcare
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    Apr 7, 2014 | Comments Off

    by Dr. Suneel Dhand MD Hospital medicine has become rapidly one of the largest specialties in the United States. As the number of practicing hospital medicine doctors soars above the 44,000 mark and healthcare reform takes hold, the specialty finds itself at the forefront of American medicine. And for good reason. It is a young, dynamic, varied and flexible specialty...

  • The Gift of Cancer
    The Gift of Cancer
    Brett Hendel-Paterson
    Apr 3, 2014 | 3 Comments

    From the start, let me say that I do not mean to imply that anyone diagnosed with cancer or any other disease is lucky for having received the diagnosis. I also want to emphasize that there is a tremendous spectrum that anyone living with cancer can experience, from benign to devastating. The word “cancer” has a lot of power in...

  • The hospital is dead, long live the hospital
    Brad Flansbaum
    Apr 1, 2014 | 8 Comments

      After returning home from HM14, I reflected back on the talks delivered by Ian Morrison and (Sir) Bob Wachter.  Without scratching below the surface, the takeaway message from both might accord with every industry prediction you read nowadays, mainly, tough times ahead, but “exciting” ones —because we need to transform how we deliver care.  Moreover, the change agent will...

  • Most excellent
    Most excellent
    Tracy Cardin
    Mar 26, 2014 | Comments Off

    This morning, sitting in the Mandalay Bay Ballroom, hearing and watching the Awards for Excellence, I felt so inspired. These individuals make me so proud to be a part of an organization that not only attracts such talented, brilliant and committed people, but also takes the time and makes the effort to acknowledge them in a public and poignant way....

  • We all have choices, many times less is more. Ask Moe Greene.
    We all have choices, many times less is more. Ask Moe Greene.
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    Mar 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

    by Dr. John Bulger DO, MBA I am not Moe Greene, I am John Bulger, DO, MBA.  I am the Chief Quality Officer for the Geisinger Health System. Prior to that, I conceived and lead the hospitalist program for Geisinger Medical Center and eventually multiple programs within the Geisinger Health System. In 2012 I was lucky enough to work with...

  • Coach and Be Coached
    Coach and Be Coached
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    Mar 20, 2014 | Comments Off

    by Patrick Kneeland, MD and Read Pierce, MD Pop quiz! What is the name of the first person to run a four minute mile? Think you’ve got the answer? Okay. That was just a warm-up. Here’s the bonus question: What is the name of the person who coached the first person to run a four minute mile? A little tougher,...

  • Show Me the Data!
    Show Me the Data!
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    Mar 19, 2014 | Comments Off

    by Weijen Chang, MD, FAAP, SFHM Last August, I sat in a packed ballroom at PHM 2013 in New Orleans, enjoying a raucous yet edifying romp through the highlights of a year’s worth of literature at Top Articles in Pediatric Hospital Medicine.  Barrett Fromme and Ben Bauer wove together education and entertainment while tackling what often can be not much...

  • The Nation’s Top Doctor: A Hospitalist
    The Nation’s Top Doctor: A Hospitalist
    Vineet Arora
    Mar 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

    Last month, Dr. Vivek Murthy was confirmed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for the nation’s top post as a physician – Surgeon General. The full Senate will now ultimately schedule a vote on his nomination. It is noteworthy in a number of ways, such as being the youngest Surgeon General or the first South Asian to...

  • SHM is listening. What are your educational needs?
    SHM is listening. What are your educational needs?
    Danielle Scheurer
    Mar 17, 2014 | Comments Off

    How does SHM develop educational offerings? By listening. It’s no question that hospitalists have unique educational needs. In the 16 years since the National Association of Inpatient Physicians first held an independent annual meeting, the organization (which became the Society of Hospital Medicine in 2003) has grown its capacity to identify and meet these unique and differentiated needs, creating numerous...

  • What You’re Doing Is Wrong and Potentially Wasteful
    What You’re Doing Is Wrong and Potentially Wasteful
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    Mar 14, 2014 | Comments Off

    by Dr. Sam Stellpflug MD You’re headed to Hospital Medicine 2014 in Las Vegas in ten days, and that means you are dedicated to making yourself a well rounded and state of the art Hospitalist.  As a provider that takes pride in staying up-to-date and knowledgeable, how do you feel about being told that some of what you’re doing is...

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Vineet Arora MD, MPP
Director of GME Clinical Learning Environment and Assistant Dean for Scholarship and Discovery at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

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Founder of Cogent Healthcare and serves as Executive VP of Strategy and Innovation

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Associate Medical Director for Hospital Specialties at Park Nicollet HealthPartners Medical Group in Bloomington, Minnesota