Kendall Rogers, MD, SFHM, chair of SHM’s Health IT Committee, discusses HM16 having a separate track for health IT, to whom the track is geared, and translating tech-savviness into actually being effective in helping to develop practical health IT.
Course Director Melissa Mattison, MD, SFHM, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, talks about the SHM annual meeting’s new emphasis on work-life balance and on how her past experience at the annual meeting influenced how she helped shape this year’s meeting.
As Karen Smith, MD, SFHM, chief of hospital medicine at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C., sees it, communication problems often arise at the first possible opportunity, when she’s trying to find out whom to call when she needs to inform a primary care physician or specialist about a hospitalized patient. Sometimes, that information… [Read More]
As the practice of medicine continues to transition to performance-based payment systems, the number of mergers of hospitalists and specialists has surged. Payment models that focus on clinical outcomes and best practices link payment to the ability of physicians to provide efficient, quality healthcare and improve patient outcomes. These payment systems are changing the way… [Read More]
Hospitalists care for patients with the most serious, chronic, and complex illnesses. As a result, they are often faced with the daunting task of counseling their patients to help them clearly define their end-of-life wishes. The mere subject of death is met with apprehension and avoidance, but its inevitability warrants an early discussion. End-of-life care,… [Read More]
On November 13, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is scheduled to publish its final OPPS rule for 2016. One of the biggest impacts for hospitalists is the update to the two-midnight rule. Here are six areas of interest to hospitalists: 1. The two-midnight rule became effective just over two years ago, on… [Read More]
Even before HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems), hospital leaders and clinicians were striving to provide not only high quality care, but a place patients choose to meet their future healthcare needs. Just this week, US News and World Report published an article entitled “The Patient Wish List.” Although not a list… [Read More]