NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Inpatient dermatology consultations for skin disorders are associated with improved diagnostic accuracy and faster intervention, researchers have found. Information about the impact of hospitalist dermatology consultative services is limited, Dr. Daniela Kroshinsky from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and colleagues note in JAMA Dermatology, online January 13. To learn more,… [Read More]
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Stent-retriever therapy for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke improves the rate of functional independence at 90 days, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis. Stent retrievers are deployed in an occluded vessel, temporarily expanded into the body of a thrombus, and then retracted along with the thrombus. Dr. Mark… [Read More]
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]
Kawasaki disease (KD) is an acute systemic vasculitis of unknown etiology that occurs in children. Because there is no specific diagnostic test or pathognomonic clinical feature, clinical diagnostic criteria have been established to guide physicians. When a patient presents with a history, examination, and laboratory findings consistent with KD without meeting the typical diagnostic standard,… [Read More]
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – An early invasive strategy provides better outcomes than a conservative strategy in octogenarians with non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) or unstable angina, according to the After Eighty clinical trial. “Management of the very elderly with myocardial infarction (NSTE-ACS) is challenging, because they often present later, have atypical symptoms, and are a… [Read More]
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Rates of kidney stones have increased substantially over the past 20 years, particularly among children, adolescents, females, and blacks, according to a population-based study in South Carolina. Historically, the highest rates of kidney stone disease have been in middle-aged white men, but the new findings underscore emerging changes in this… [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]