Hospital groups claim federal program failed to adjust for socioeconomic risk factors
A widely cited statistic in the national readmissions debate holds that one in five acute hospital discharges will lead to a readmission within 30 days.1 Associated costs are estimated at $17.5 billion, although that figure encapsulates significant variation across diagnoses, regions, and hospital models.1 Analyses by CMS and others suggest that average 30-day readmission rates… [Read More]
Day Four highlights from HM15, the Society of Hospital Medicine’s (SHM) annual meeting in National Harbor, Md., just outside Washington, D.C.
There are so many ways to advocate for your patients, for your profession, for the future of hospital medicine. The easiest way? Getting involved. We know how important it is to you that your patients receive the best care possible. We know that you do your absolute best as their provider but that sometimes there… [Read More]
On Dec. 15, 2014, 37-year-old hospitalist and internist Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, was sworn in as the 19th surgeon general of the United States. He is the youngest person to hold the post and the first of Indian-American descent. Dr. Murthy said in a February 26 conference call that, as the nation’s highest physician, he… [Read More]
SHM has a new committee – the patient experience committee. Dr. Burke Kealey, current SHM President and associate medical director for hospital specialties at Health Partners in St. Paul, Minn., talks about how the patient experience committee grew from the work of an SHM task force.
SHM Public Policy Committee Chair Ron Greeno, MD, MHM, talks about policy issues facing hospitalist, and how “Hill Day 2015″ works as an advocacy tool.
In 2015, reimbursement for physicians in large groups is subject to a value modifier that takes into account the cost and quality of services performed under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. By 2017, the modifier will apply to all physicians participating in fee-for-service Medicare. It’s one more way the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services… [Read More]
On Oct. 31, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Proposed Rule. Included in the rule was an interesting discussion about the potential for Medicare to begin paying for advance care planning services. CMS describes these services as “the explanation and discussion of advance directives,… [Read More]
Two years ago, when SHM’s annual meeting was last held in the Washington, D.C., area, 113 hospitalists armed with a policy mission swarmed across Capitol Hill. Their goal was as simple as it was targeted: Tell congressmen, their aides, and anyone else who would listen that hospitalists want to be a partner in helping government… [Read More]