Practice Management

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Why Hospitalists Should Embrace Population Health

Population health focuses on the specific health needs of an individual within a defined population. “In order to truly measure a patient’s health outcomes and identify best practices, providers must evaluate a group of people with similar health needs,” explains Joseph Damore, vice president of population health management for Charlotte-N.C.-based Premier, Inc. “Once we understand… [Read More]

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Concerns Grow as Top Clinicians Choose Nonclinical Roles

On a spring day a couple of years ago, I met with some internal medicine residents in a “Healthcare Systems Immersion” elective. I was to provide thoughts about the nonclinical portion of my work that I spend consulting with other hospitalist groups. I asked for their thoughts about whether the ranks of doctors providing direct… [Read More]

Hospitalists Can Lend Expertise, Join SHM’s Campaign to Improve Antibiotic Stewardship

The CDC estimates that drug-resistant bacteria cause approximately 23,000 deaths and about two million illnesses each year in the U.S.1 Such unfavorable statistics encouraged the White House to convene a forum on antibiotic resistance in June 2015. The White House Forum on Antimicrobial Stewardship brought together more than 100 health leaders.2 Antimicrobial stewardship has been… [Read More]

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Press Ganey Executive Urges Physicians to Embrace Hospital Medicine Care Model

James Merlino, MD, president and CMO of Press Ganey’s strategic consulting division, wants to convince physicians around the country that hospital medicine is good healthcare as a whole. “[Hospitalists] are the holistic scorekeepers for a variety of medical conditions that a lot of physicians don’t understand and don’t treat very well,” says Dr. Merlino, whose company… [Read More]

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Mid-Atlantic Hospital Medicine Symposium Delivers Practice Pearls for Hospitalists

What do Clostridium difficile, Staphylococcus aureus, and acute pulmonary embolism have in common? They were all topics of discussion at the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Hospital Medicine Symposium, held at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Vikas Saini, MD, FACC, president of the Lown Institute in Brookline, Mass., and associate physician… [Read More]

Electronic Health Records Key Driver of Physician Burnout

Electronic Health Records Key Driver of Physician Burnout

Half of U.S. physicians are experiencing some of the symptoms of burnout, with even higher rates for general internists. Implementation of the electronic health record (EHR) has been cited as the biggest driver of physician job dissatisfaction, said Christine Sinsky, MD, a former hospitalist and currently vice president of professional satisfaction at the American Medical… [Read More]