Government penalties meant to reduce COPD readmissions will unfairly impact hospitals that care for vulnerable patients, according to a report from the University of Michigan. Beginning in January 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will add COPD to its list of medical conditions for which it penalizes hospitals for excessive readmissions and fines… [Read More]
Hospital medicine guru Bob Wachter, MD, MHM, offers an optimistic view of hospitalists’ role in healthcare as reform measures continue to reshape the landscape. Addressing hospitalists at a recurring conference that he founded 18 years ago—“Management of the Hospitalized Patient”—Dr. Wachter said hospitalists should have more leverage than other healthcare providers in controlling their fate,… [Read More]
When the outbreak first started, and in the months that followed, Ebola virus dominated American headlines. The disease made its way from West Africa, infecting nurses in Spain and the U.S., and questions arose over how to keep healthcare providers and the public safe. The answers to these questions are not limited to Ebola. Hospitalists… [Read More]
Another year older, another year wiser. SHM’s advocacy efforts have grown immensely in the last year thanks to proactive members who understand the importance of being involved and taking action. Because of member engagement—through the online Legislative Action Center and in-person meetings with members of Congress—hospitalists are widely recognized on Capitol Hill as thoughtful resources… [Read More]
CMS started the third year of its Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program on October 1, with 2,610 U.S. hospitals—slightly more than in previous years—on the hook for penalties of up to 3% of their Medicare diagnosis-related grouping payments based on 30-day readmissions rates for diagnoses of myocardial infarction, heart failure, pneumonia, COPD, and elective total hip… [Read More]
HM pioneer says hospitalists who have flown under radar soon will be counted on to produce cost, waste reduction.
Hospitalist offers tips for discharging indigent patients