Posts by Brett Radler

Politics & Patient Care, Expanded PA Roles & SHM Member Successes in HM News

SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: November 10 – November 28, 2016 Check out the latest hospital medicine and SHM-related stories in mainstream and healthcare-centric news. For the full stories, click on the links below: Jordan Messler, MD, SFHM’s blog post, “A Letter to my Patients,” in which he discusses the lack of impact that politics will have on his patient care, was reposted on Medpage Today’s KevinMD. Expanding the roles of physician assistants in the hospital is becoming more and more common as they assume some responsibilities handled mainly by hospitalists. Led by SHM member Dr. Sajeev Handa, MD, SFHM, the hospitalist program at Rhode Island Hospital celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. NYU Lutheran highlights its hospitalist program’s contributions to improved patient care and patient experience in a recent press release. The next wave of machine learning for healthcare is coming, including ability to identify future admissions…

Pediatric HM Subspecialty, JHM Research & More in HM News

SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: October 27 – November 10, 2016 Check out the latest hospital medicine and SHM-related stories in mainstream and healthcare-centric news. For the full stories, click on the links below: The ABMS officially recognizes pediatric hospital medicine as a subspecialty with its own certification. Journal of Hospital Medicine research on wasted CMS costs was highlighted in Medical Practice Insider, FierceHealthcare and Healthcare IT News. Another Journal of Hospital Medicine study on unnecessary blood tests, which will be the focus of the next JHM Twitter chat (#JHMChat) in January, was highlighted by the University of Michigan Health System. The Blackstone Group recently purchased TeamHealth, the nation’s largest physician-staffing company. As the new medical director of the Southeastern Regional Medical Center hospitalist program, SHM member Joseph Roberts Jr., MD plans to strengthen quality of care and community relationships. A regional news outlet puts the spotlight on…

MACRA, Enhanced PA Care Models & SHM Members in Hospital Medicine News

SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: October 13 – 27, 2016 Check out the latest hospital medicine and SHM-related stories in mainstream and healthcare-centric news. For the full stories, click on the links below: Following the release of the final MACRA rule, medical professionals and policy experts alike are poring over the 2400-page document and extracting some of the high-level points. Recent research finds that expanding the role of hospitalist advanced practice providers achieves similar clinical outcomes at a lower cost. A mainstream media piece debunks the notion that hospitalists compete with primary care providers and demonstrates how they act in coordination with them to enhance care of hospitalized patients. Drs. Brad Flansbaum, Ron Greeno and John Nelson were tapped for an interview with Medscape to discuss what hospitalists need to know about accountable care organizations. Two stories placed Drs. Brian Harte and Bob Wachter in the spotlight for…

MACRA, ABX, Post-Discharge Responsibility Make HM News

SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: September 29 – October 13, 2016 Check out the latest hospital medicine and SHM-related stories in mainstream and healthcare-centric news. For the full stories, click on the links below: Some physicians fear that the upcoming MACRA rule, which will soon be released, will be too narrow and complex to achieve its goal of boosting value over volume. diff remains a challenge at top hospitals nationwide, despite efforts to promote more judicious antibiotic prescribing practices. Former Journal of Hospital Medicine research was cited in a recent story discussing the similarities between hospitalists and residents in their perception of post-discharge responsibility. Hospitals are feeling the pinch of increased drug prices that often have no correlation with improving patient health, according to a new report. A blog post from Brigham and Women’s Hospital highlights the recent implementation of SHM’s RADEO toolkit to guide them in safer…

Readmission Rates & Innovative QI in Hospital Medicine News

SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: September 15 – 29, 2016 Check out the latest hospital medicine and SHM-related stories in mainstream and healthcare-centric news. For the full stories, click on the links below: A Journal of Hospital Medicine study on the correlation between readmission rates and quality was highlighted in HealthLeaders Media. The Sacramento Business Journal ran a story highlighting hospital medicine’s continued growth and innovative contributions to healthcare, leading to a decrease in skepticism about the specialty. The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) recently released the second part of its two-part interview series with the lead author of SHM’s RADEO (Reducing Adverse Events Related to Opioids) Guide, Thomas W. Frederickson, MD, MBA, SFHM. Joseph Brogan, who attended SHM’s Academic Hospitalist Academy, praised the program and its faculty on a blog for the Duke University School of Medicine. As antibiotic resistance continues to be an issue, a…