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The Hospitalist Earns Pair of 2015 Awards for Publication Excellence for Health and Medical Writing

The Hospitalist has been honored with two 2015 Awards of Excellence in the Health and Medical Writing category from the Awards for Publication Excellence (APEX). The annual awards, presented to corporate and nonprofit publications, received 1,851 total entries, including nearly 400 entries to the writing category. Only 16 Awards of Excellence were presented. Freelance medical… [Read More]

The Hospital Leader Explores Ways Hospitalists Can Tackle Healthcare Costs

The Hospital Leader Explores Ways Hospitalists Can Tackle Healthcare Costs

EDITOR’S NOTE: A version of this article originally appeared on Medpage Today on May 5, 2015. By now, we have all heard the stories about unconscionable medical bills causing financial harm for patients. We have read about more Americans than ever before on high-deductible health insurance plans. Some of us have even helped our parents… [Read More]

SGR Repeal: What It Means for Hospitalists

On April 16, President Obama signed into law a bipartisan, bicameral piece of legislation that not only fully repealed the sustainable growth rate (SGR) but also permanently eliminated the recurring threat of physician payment cuts in Medicare. Along with the SGR repeal, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, or MACRA, institutes the Merit-based Incentive… [Read More]

Dr. Stephan

Hospitalists Play Key Role Developing Electronic Health Records

If you are a hospitalist, you know this to be true: Electronic health records (EHRs) run more smoothly because of our input. According to the 2014 State of Hospital Medicine (SOHM) report, hospitalists played a significant role in implementing their hospitals’ EHR systems; 34% of respondent hospital medicine groups (HMGs) serving adults only develop order sets,… [Read More]

The Hospitalist Leader Blogger Recalls Advocating on Capitol Hill

The Hospital Leader Blogger Recalls Advocating on Capitol Hill

Editor’s note: Hospitalists of all kinds are sharing their perspectives and experiences at SHM’s official blog, The Hospital Leader, including a medical student sharing her new enthusiasm for public advocacy. For more blog posts, visit I sat in the office of a staffer to a Manhattan congressman and waited for the right moment to… [Read More]

How Hospitalists Can Support the Hospital Medicine Movement

There are all kinds of ways to show your support for the hospital medicine movement, including the following opportunities: Visit and share the new Future of Hospital Medicine website ( with medical students, residents, and colleagues. Plan to attend a Future of Hospital Medicine event in your city: Chicago: Rush University, Sept. 24 Los Angeles:… [Read More]

Observation Status Bill in Senate Doesn’t Solve Policy Problem

As you may have heard, H.R. 876, a bill unanimously passed in the House recently, requires a hospital to give adequate oral and written notification of a patient’s observation status. The bill has now moved to the Senate. “Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act,” known as the NOTICE Act, was sponsored… [Read More]