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HM16 Session Analysis: Hospital Quality, Patient Safety Update for 2015

HM16 Presenters: Mangla Gulati, MD, FACP, FHM, and Ian Jenkins, MD Summary: There is some evidence that hospital adverse events may be decreasing. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) report of Partnership for Patients data found that there were 1.3 million hospital-acquired conditions prevented from 2011-2013, translating to 50,000 lives saved and $12 billion… [Read More]

Start Thinking about Hospital Medicine 2017

Thanks to all who attended HM16 in San Diego! From the featured speakers—Acting Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, and faculty—to the attendees and staff, it would not have been such a success without you and your enthusiasm. Join us again in 2017!… [Read More]

HM16 Session Analysis: Lead Your Way to Success: Five Key Lessons for Hospitalists

Physicians Nasim Afsar, MD, SFHM, and Eric Howell, MD, SFHM, presented key leadership lessons to a standing-room-only audience at Hospital Medicine 2016, the “Year of the Hospitalist.” The value of leadership and management skills is important in every day decisions from co-management of patients to motivating your teams. Dr. Afsar and Dr. Howell went into detailed… [Read More]

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HM16 Session Analysis: ICD-10 Coding Tips

Presenter: Aziz Ansari, DO, FHM Summary: With the implementation of ICD-10, correct and specific documentation to ensure proper patient diagnosis categorization has become increasingly important. Hospitalists are urged to understand the impact CDI has on quality and reimbursement. Quality Impact: Documentation has a direct impact on quality reporting for mortality and complication rates, risk of… [Read More]

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U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, Encourages Hospitalists to Lead, Improve Healthcare

At #HospMed16 Plenary, the U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, spoke to a standing-room-only crowd about how hospitalists can lead in “Bringing Health to America.” Dr. Murthy, who previously worked as a hospitalist in Boston, spoke about how the urgency to build a foundation for health in America, where chronic illness… [Read More]

Not Sleeping Enough Can Cause Serious Health Issues

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Did you get enough sleep last night? If not, you are not alone. More than one out of three American adults do not get enough sleep, according to a study released Thursday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “That’s a big problem,” says Dr. Nancy Collop, director of the… [Read More]

QI and Patient Safety: No Longer Just an Elective for Trainees

The demand for training in healthcare quality and patient safety, for both medical students and residents, has never been higher. The Quality and Safety Educators Academy (QSEA, sites.hospitalmedicine.org/qsea) responds to that demand by providing medical educators with the knowledge and tools to integrate quality improvement and safety concepts into their curricula. Sponsored by the Society… [Read More]

New Study Shows PCMH Resulted in Positive Changes

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Implementation of a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) resulted in small changes in utilization patterns and modest quality improvements over a three-year period, according to a new report. Dr. Lisa M. Kern of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and colleagues found more primary care visits, fewer specialist visits,… [Read More]

Name Recognition, Personalization Key to Patient Experience

Editor’s note: “Everything We Say and Do” is an informational series developed by SHM’s Patient Experience Committee to provide readers with thoughtful and actionable communication tactics that have great potential to positively impact patients’ experience of care. Each article will focus on how the contributor applies one ormore of the “key communication” tactics in practice… [Read More]