Public Policy


MACRA Provides New Direction for U.S. Healthcare

Last year, Congress passed legislation to permanently eliminate the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, created in 1997 and designed to hold Medicare Part B or outpatient spending under control. Allowing the SGR to go into effect would have severely cut physician reimbursements in recent years, but Congress passed legislation each year to temporarily avert these… [Read More]

Benefits of Medicaid Expansion for Hospitalists

By January 2016, 31 states and the District of Columbia had embraced the Medicaid expansion brought to bear by the Affordable Care Act. Three states had not expanded but were “in active discussion,” while 16 states continued to opt out.1 The impacts of those decisions—on hospitals, on patients, and on physicians—are now beginning to be… [Read More]

HM16 Session Analysis: Maximizing Collaboration With PAs & NPs: Rules, Realities, Reimbursement

Presenter: Tricia Marriott, PA-C, MPAS, MJ Health Law Summary: Ms. Marriott brought humor to a detailed #HospMed16 presentation on the rules of reimbursement and Medicare requirements for physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs). The session was packed with information regarding the Medicare regulations relating to PAs and NPs, as well as information from state… [Read More]

Vivek Murthy

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, Encourages Hospitalists to Lead, Improve Healthcare

At #HospMed16 Plenary, the U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, spoke to a standing-room-only crowd about how hospitalists can lead in “Bringing Health to America.” Dr. Murthy, who previously worked as a hospitalist in Boston, spoke about how the urgency to build a foundation for health in America, where chronic illness… [Read More]


CMS Introduces Billing Code for Hospitalists: What You Need to Know

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the approval of a dedicated specialty billing code for hospitalists that will soon be ready for official use. This is a monumental step for hospital medicine, which continues to be the fastest growing medical specialty in the U.S., with more than 48,000 practitioners identifying as… [Read More]

Medicare Grants Billing Code for Hospitalists

PHILADELPHIA—The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) is pleased to announce the introduction of a dedicated billing code for hospitalists by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This decision comes in response to concerted advocacy efforts from SHM for CMS to recognize the specialty. This is a monumental step for hospital medicine, which continues… [Read More]

Proposed Payment Raise to Health Insurers May be Beneficial

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Friday proposed raising payments by 1.35 percent on average next year to the health insurers who offer Medicare Advantage health benefits to elderly and disabled Americans. Payments to insurers will vary under the 2017 Medicare Advantage proposal, based on the region the plans are sold and on… [Read More]

Hospitalist Cynthia Cheung, MD, Joins Hospital Committee, Promotes Antibiotic Stewardship

Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 people die as a result of these infections. To promote improved antibiotic-prescribing behaviors among the nation’s hospitalists, SHM launched its “Fight the Resistance” campaign in November 2015. Cynthia Cheung, MD, a… [Read More]