Study outlines those elements of discharge summaries most helpful to physicians, patients
Journal of Hospital Medicine study first to analyze malpractice claims specifically for hospitalists
Almost weekly, a white paper, report, journal article, or press release touts a new program, software, or technology system offering to help hospitals improve their readmissions avoidance processes and penalty exposure. Does this new readmissions cottage industry offer value to hospitals? Some technologies focus on interdisciplinary team communication, with electronic repositories or virtual rounding, automated… [Read More]
HM15 Presenter: Ethan Cumbler, MD, FHM, FACP Summary: Delirium is a common problem in hospitalized patients, and all too often delirium is iatrogenic. Delirium is associated with poor outcomes such as prolonged hospitalization and functional decline, and it increases the risk of nursing home admission. The most common tool to assess the presence of delirium… [Read More]
HM15 Presenters: Roger Yu, MD, Cheng-Kai Kao, MD, Anuj Dalal, MD, and Amit Pahwa, MD Summary: The panel of high-tech doctors helped a standing-room-only crowd navigate numerous apps to be used at point-of-care [PDF, 458 kb]. Groups worked through case studies utilizing applicable mobile apps. Examples and most useful apps, including occasional user reviews, follow:… [Read More]
HM15 presenters: Joshua D. Lenchus, DO, FACP, SFHM, and Nilam Soni, MD, FHM Summary: Drs. Lenchus and Soni focused on the forces that are driving the value and success of established procedure teams in hospital medicine groups (HMGs). These stem from a need to rapidly address the growing shortage of skilled internists who can perform… [Read More]
In this session, Drs. Michelle Mourad and Christopher Moriates took a systematic approach to answer quality questions that we commonly encounter in our hospitalist practice. They reviewed current evidence including meta-analyses and systematic reviews to arrive at an answer for various quality-related questions. These are summarized below: What are the common features of interventions that… [Read More]
DAVID PRESSEL, MD, PHD, FHM, medical director of inpatient services at Nemours Children’s Health System, talks about the nature of violence in hospitals and a training program he has helped put into place at his center.
DAVID LICHTMAN, PA, a hospitalist and director of the Johns Hopkins Central Procedure Service, explains the complicated set of factors used by individual hospitals to determine which procedures fall under the scope of their HM practitioners.
Case A 66-year-old homeless man with a history of smoking and cirrhosis due to alcoholism presents to the hospital with a productive cough and fever for one month. He has traveled around Arizona and New Mexico but has never left the country. His complete blood count (CBC) is notable for a white blood cell count… [Read More]