Practice Management

Society of Hospital Medicine’s Quality Improvement Module Approved for ABIM Maintenance of Certification

If you’re among the many physicians enrolled in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program, you have to earn a combined 100 points in medical knowledge and practice improvement throughout your 10-year certificate period. SHM wants to help you with this process. SHM is pleased to announce that the ABIM… [Read More]

Dr. White

How Academic Hospitalists Can Balance Teaching, Nonteaching Roles

As a group director at a growing, university-based hospitalist program, I often interview aspiring academic hospitalists. Inevitably, the conversation turns to a coveted aspect of the job. I’m not talking about the salary. Applicants want to know, “How much time will I spend on teaching services?” Because hospitalists at academic institutions typically are passionate about… [Read More]

Steven Harris

Greater Transparency for Financial Information in Healthcare Will Prompt Questions from Patients

The movement toward greater transparency of financial information in healthcare is providing patients with access to data that might affect their healthcare decisions. Not all of this information is provided in ways that give patients the full picture, and they may turn to you for some added clarity. Financial Relationships The Physician Payments Sunshine Act… [Read More]

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Clinical Images Capture Hospitalists’ Daily Rounds

EDITOR’S NOTE: Fourth in an occasional series of reviews of the Hospital Medicine: Current Concepts series by members of Team Hospitalist. Summary Hospital Images: A Clinical Atlas is a collection of 76 clinical cases discussing actual patient scenarios with accompanying clinical case questions, images, and evidence-based discussions. Cases are presented in the same manner a… [Read More]

How to Initiate a VTE Quality Improvement Project

While VTE sometimes occurs in spite of the best available prophylaxis, there are many lost opportunities to optimize prevention and reduce VTE risk factors in virtually every hospital. Reaching a meaningful improvement in VTE prevention requires an empowered, interdisciplinary team approach supported by the institution to standardize processes, monitor, and measure VTE process and outcomes,… [Read More]

Advances in Medical Technology Encourage Hospitalist-Led Bedside Procedures

One trend working in favor of more hospitalist-led bedside procedures is the growing use of technology, particularly simulation models and ultrasound guidance. Simulators are “invaluable” teaching tools, says David Lichtman, PA, director of the Johns Hopkins Central Procedure Service in Baltimore, Md. “They’re easy. They’re inexpensive. You can poke them and poke them and poke… [Read More]

Dr. Nelson

Geographic Rounding of Hospital Nurses Challenges Unit-Based Theory

Nurses, of course, have always been assigned by unit—that is, geographically. So it should come as no surprise that searching “unit-based” at the-hospitalist.org returns many articles about assigning hospitalists geographically, but not nurses, partly because few would consider it a new idea. But this article is about a new wrinkle in assigning nurses. Although there… [Read More]