Practice Management

Hospitalists Can Join SHM’s New ‘Fight the Resistance’ Campaign

In June, Eric Howell, MD, SFHM, SHM’s senior physician advisor, attended a White House forum on antibiotic resistance. That day, SHM committed to empowering hospitalists to fight antibiotic resistance through better prescribing behaviors. In a blog post on The Hospital Leader, Dr. Howell wrote, “This isn’t limited to a single hospital. There are now more… [Read More]

Tips for Hospitalists on Improving Diagnostic Skills

Case A 67-year-old man presents to the hospital with persistent, subjective fevers and malaise for one month, subacute onset of dyspnea, and nonproductive cough for the preceding six days. The patient is a nonsmoker, denies sick contacts, and has had no foreign travel. What would be the best approach to making the diagnosis while working… [Read More]

Maintenance of Certification Process Should Ensure Physicians Deliver Quality Care

When the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) announced changes to its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process in early 2014, the response was overwhelmingly negative. Individual physicians and medical societies criticized ABIM for adding significant time and expense to MOC, and loudly challenged the program’s effectiveness, relevance, and value. After months of backlash, ABIM issued… [Read More]

Which Hospitalist Should Bill for Inpatient Stays with Multiple Providers?

During a facility stay, a patient could be attended to by more than one hospitalist. For example, perhaps one hospitalist is the admitting physician, but the patient has a three-day stay and may be seen by three different hospitalists. Are there any guidelines as to which physician should be billed on the facility claim? Thank… [Read More]

Eliminations Hospitalist Groups Should Consider

Editor’s note: Second in a continuing series of articles exploring ways hospitalist groups can cut back. In last month’s column, I made the case that most hospitalist groups should think about doing away with a morning meeting to distribute overnight admissions and changing a daytime admitter shift into another rounder and having all of the… [Read More]


iPad Apps Help Inpatients Bridge Information Gaps

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association found that giving hospitalized patients iPads with basic information about their care helped them engage more with physicians. The patient portal application helped inpatients remember their doctors’ names, the study noted, but had no statistically significant impact on patients’ ability to remember scheduled procedures… [Read More]


Joint Commission Unveils Online Resource to Promote High-Reliability Healthcare

Zero preventable harm is the goal of every healthcare organization, and a new online application from the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare can help groups reach that goal. Oro 2.0 can assist hospital leaders with determining their organization’s status across multiple components of high reliability that will let them achieve zero preventable harm. Hospitalists… [Read More]