February 2012

Career DevelopmentCover Story

HM12 Features High-Profile Speakers, RIV Sessions, Expanded Breakouts

The world was a different place in 2008, the last time SHM’s annual meeting was in San Diego. Attendance at the yearly confab of hospitalists was almost half of what it is expected to be this year, healthcare reform was still just a bullet point for a presidential candidate’s talking points, and society leaders were drumming up interest in a new fellowship program they’d created.

Cover Story

CME Credit at HM12

HM12 is planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Blackwell Futura Media Services (BFMS) and SHM. BFMS is accredited by ACCME to provide CME for physicians.


How Should Acute Alcoholic Hepatitis be Treated?

Alcoholic hepatitis is a severe form of alcohol-related liver disease associated with significant short-term mortality.

In the LiteratureLegal

In the Literature: Physician Reviews of HM-Relevant Research

Higher loading dose of clopidogrel in STEMI; early vs. late surgery following hip fracture; beta-blockers in chronic kidney disease; long-term azithromycin in COPD; CT screening for lung cancer; timing of parenteral nutrition in the ICU; intrapleural management of empyema with DNase and t-PA; effect of weekend elective admissions on hospital flow; expectations and outcomes of medical comanagement.


Hospitalists On the Move

Dr. Anderson Wendy Anderson, MD, MS, assistant professor of medicine and clinician-investigator with the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) Division of Hospital Medicine and Palliative Care Program, is one of three doctors awarded fellowships to improve health quality by UC Center for Health Quality and Innovation. Applicants were evaluated on application strength and… [Read More]


Shift Fatigue in Healthcare Workers

The Joint Commission in December issued a “Sentinel Event Alert” on the dangers of extended shift fatigue in healthcare workers, particularly for nurses who work shifts longer than 12.5 hours.


Doctors Help Other Doctors Use Information Technology

Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Health Care, a foundation-supported, nonprofit campaign, was launched Dec. 1 in Washington, D.C., to spur greater and more effective use of health information technology (HIT) by physicians to improve quality, safety, and efficiency.


SHM Boasts Diverse Membership, Leadership Lacks Non-Academic Presence

It is my hope and belief that SHM will use your membership survey information appropriately when they organize committees and build leadership teams. This information will help SHM leadership understand its potential bias and guard against unintended consequences of their actions.

Disease States

John Nelson: ED Patient Throughput Is New Core Measure

Hospitals are likely to increase their customers’ satisfaction by improving “frontend” throughput from the ED to the inpatient unit. In fact, CMS added two new core measures (known as inpatient quality reporting, or IQR) that hospitals began reporting on Jan. 1.