Public Policy

Planned Partnerships

Brendon Shank is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia.

Examples of SHM Partnerships and Activities

  • Academic Pediatric Association (APA): SHM and APA share responsibilities for the annual Pediatric HM conference, and the groups develop core competencies for pediatric hospitalists.
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): SHM is developing this partnership, along with materials on patient safety and QI.
  • American Academy of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE): The AACE is a contributor to SHM’s Glycemic Control Resource Room.
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP): The societies are partners in education, including the Non-Physician Providers Boot Camp.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): SHM and APA share responsibilities for the annual Pediatric HM conference and developing core competencies for pediatric hospitalists.
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA): The societies are partners in education, including the Non-Physician Providers Boot Camp.
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN): A member of the Hospital Care Collaborative and a key partner in QI projects.
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM): SHM and ABIM are working toward a Recognition of Focused Practice in HM as part of maintenance of certification related to HM.
  • American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP): A co-collaborator in SHM programs to reduce readmissions and increase quality in transitions of care.
  • American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE): SHM and ACHE collaborated on a book about HM and practice management.
  • American College of Physician Executives (ACPE): The societies co-sponsored a workshop at HM09; future plans include projects on enhancing and growing leaders.
  • American Geriatrics Society (AGS): SHM and AGS are working to promote better transitions of care.
  • American Hospital Association (AHA): Collaborates on QI and educational initiatives for the C-suite and hospitalists with SHM.
  • American Medical Association (AMA): The societies are conducting survey research together, have developed principles for a successful hospitalist practice, and lead the effort on new measures for transitions of care.
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP): This society is a member of the Hospital Care Collaborative (HCC) and SHM’s pharmacoeconomics advisory board.
  • Case Management Society of America (CMSA): A collaborator in SHM’s national transitions-of-care programs and member of the HCC.
  • Hospital Care Collaborative (HCC): A partnership with leaders in hospital care, including the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC), the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (SSWLHC), the ASHP, the CMSA, and the AACN.
  • The Joint Commission: Collaborated to develop the principles for a successful hospitalist practice; developing a new book on the role of hospitalists in patient safety.
  • Medical Group Management Association (MGMA): Collaborates on annual surveys focusing on the state of HM.
  • National Quality Forum (NQF): SHM members are on NQF performance and standards committees, and NQF’s partnership to improve care coordination.

Glycemic Control Mentorship Program Takes Off

With diabetes rates on the rise, the number of patients requiring intensive glucose management have never been higher. Whether it’s a hyperglycemic patient with pneumonia or a surgical patient at risk of hypoglycemia, the responsibility of managing blood sugars often falls to a hospitalist.

Managing glycemic levels can be a daunting task for the patient-care team, which is why SHM has established the first national Glycemic Control Mentored Implementation (GCMI) program, which is sponsored by Sanofi-Aventis US LLC. By November, 30 hospital sites across the country will rely on nationally recognized experts in the field to tackle site-specific issues through proven QI techniques.

Each GCMI site will take advantage of a unique mix of resources: a clinical toolkit, data collection and project management tools, and a review of key literature. Person-to-person mentorship opportunities will form the foundation of the GCMI program.

Because every site will face similar challenges in implementing a glycemic control program, GCMI brings hospitalists and experts together to share their experiences and newfound best practices. SHM will facilitate the knowledge-sharing through monthly conference calls and other networking opportunities.

For more information about GCMI, visit the quality improvement resource rooms at—BS

SHM Glycemic Control Mentored Implementation Sites:

  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis
  • Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Elk Grove Village, Ill.
  • Baptist Hospital, Brentwood, Tenn.
  • Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Medical Center, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
  • Cooper University Hospital, Camden, N.J.
  • Emory University Hospital, Snellville, Ga.
  • Exeter Hospital, Exeter, N.H.
  • Healthcare Authority for Medical West, Bessemer, Ala.
  • John C. Lincoln Hospital North Mountain, Phoenix
  • Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center, Clackamas, Ore.
  • Kentfield Rehabilitation and Specialty Hospital, Kentfield, Calif.
  • Kootenai Medical Center, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
  • Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland, Fla.
  • Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, Ill.
  • Mercy Iowa City, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, Fla.
  • Oneida Healthcare Center, Oneida, N.Y.
  • Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Portland, Ore.
  • Poudre Valley Health System, Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland, Ore.
  • Sacramento Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Calif.
  • St. Mary’s Hospital, San Francisco
  • St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, St. Louis
  • The George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
  • University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, Va.

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