Can You Hear Me Now?


In the past three years, SHM has brought in-depth quality-improvement (QI) programs to nearly every state in the country.

Between its three major mentored implementation projects—Project BOOST (Better Outcomes for Older Adults through Safe Transitions), Glycemic Control Mentored Implemen-tation, and the Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Collaborative—SHM has worked with more than 100 hospitals across the country and in Canada. SHM is expanding these three programs to additional hospitals and actively developing other QI initiatives.

“SHM’s quality-improvement programs focus on real change, and they have made a substantial impact,” says Joe Miller, SHM’s senior vice president and chief solutions officer. “Hospitalists using SHM’s quality-improvement methods have impacted the care of tens of thousands of hospitalized patients.”

SHM’s programs all use a mix of in-depth mentoring led by national experts and specially designed resource toolkits that enable hospitalists to lead major initiatives within their hospitals. The programs also facilitate “peer learning,” allowing hospitalists to learn from one another.

Project BOOST, which is designed to reduce unplanned readmissions to the hospital, has received national attention. In early 2010, SHM teamed with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan and the University of Michigan to bring the program to more than a dozen hospitals in that state. SHM also announced a new collaboration with the California HealthCare Foundation to implement Project BOOST in more than 20 hospitals in California.

“Healthcare reform is creating a new focus on quality improvement,” Miller says. “SHM is bringing a multidisciplinary approach to transforming inpatient care to hospitals across the country.” TH

Are You Ready for the Spotlight?

SHM now accepting submissions for 2011 Research, Innovations, and Clinical Vignettes competition

SHM is accepting abstracts for the 2011 Research, Innovations, and Clinical Vignettes (RIV) competition. The deadline for submissions is 10 a.m., EST, Dec. 6, 2010.

SHM members can submit abstracts at the HM11 website, www.hospitalmedicine2011.org.

“SHM’s annual conference has become the clearinghouse for the best thinking in hospital medicine,” says Geri Barnes, SHM’s senior director for education and meetings. “It’s a great opportunity for new and emerging hospitalist leaders to present their ideas to their peers.”

Submissions presented at SHM regional meetings or other organizations’ meetings (e.g. SGIM or ACP) within the past year are eligible for the RIV competition.

Authors who have been selected to present at the 2011 annual conference in Dallas will be notified early next year. The competition includes a poster session and oral presentation. Awards will be presented at the conference.

All accepted abstracts will be included in a booklet published by SHM.

Nearly 400 authors presented abstracts at HM10 in Washington, D.C. More than 20 were selected as the best in the field.

“There is no shortage of good ideas in this specialty,” Barnes says. “Our RIV competition helps the best of those ideas rise to the top.”

Chapter Updates

Milwaukee/SE Wisconsin

Milwaukee/SE Wisconsin

The Milwaukee/SE Wisconsin chapter held a meeting June 10 at Bacchus Restaurant in Milwaukee, at which congratulations were doled out to chapter member Eric Siegal, MD, SFHM, on his election to SHM’s board of directors. As chair of SHM’s Public Policy Committee, Dr. Siegal advocates for such issues as the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI).

The chapter also acknowledged Dr. Len Scarpinato of St. Luke’s Hospital, who achieved Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine (SFHM) designation and was honored at HM10 in April in Washington, D.C. As the regional director of Cogent Healthcare in southeast Wisconsin, Dr. Scarpinato has been instrumental in bringing hospitalists together to network and exchange innovative ideas.

Chapter member Jeanette Kalupa, DNP, ACNP-BC, APNP, of St. Luke’s was mentioned in the opening presentation at HM10 for her work as co-chair of the Nonphysician Providers Committee. Despite a busy HM10 schedule, Drs. Don Lee, Wes Lafferty, Scarpinato, Betty Tucker, and Peter Quandt took time out for a White House tour.

Greater Baltimore Area

The Greater Baltimore Area chapter of SHM met June 16 at Linwood’s Restaurant in Owings Mills, Md. Dr. Suzanne Mitchell spoke on “Relating to the Patient.” The meeting, sponsored by Merck, attracted 50 hospitalists and guests from 10 HM groups.

Los Angeles

The latest Los Angeles chapter meeting was held July 29. The featured speaker was Darrell Harrington, MD, associate medical director for Graduate Medical Education and chief of the division of general internal medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Harrington delivered a presentation about maximizing DVT and PE quality measures. The chapter’s next meeting will be held in the fall.

Fellow in Hospital Medicine Spotlight

James C. Pile, MD, FACP, SFHM

Dr. Pile is an associate professor of medicine, interim director of hospital medicine, and associate program director of the internal residency program at the MetroHealth Campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. As a 10-year SHM member, he has been heavily involved in the growth of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, for which he is now deputy editor. He is an active member of the Annual Meeting and Education committees, and is former physician editor of The Hospitalist.

Undergraduate: Kings College in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.

Medical school: Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus.

Internship and residency: University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Fellowship: Infectious Disease, National Naval Medicine Center, Bethesda, Md.

Notable: Prior to working as a hospitalist, Dr. Pile served as a battalion surgeon with Marine infantry on the front lines of the first Gulf War. He also worked as a general practitioner and infectious-disease specialist. His current interests lie in medical education, anti-microbial stewardship, and perioperative medicine.

Quotable: “I continue to see hospital medicine being front and center in patient safety in this country. … That is our whole reason for being, essentially. I anticipate us continuing to grow and develop into the real national leaders in quality improvement in the inpatient setting.”

FYI: Dr. Pile is an avid cyclist. He recently completed a one-day, 200-mile ride, and during his time in medical school, he biked from Seattle to New York City. He loves traveling and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

— Sarah Gelotte

SHAPE the Landscape of Academic Hospital Medicine: Participate in the Academic Hospitalist Survey

The recently released State of Hospital Medicine: 2010 Report Based on 2009 Data provides an unprecedented look at the factors shaping the specialty. However, for academic hospitalists, the picture can be very different. That is why SHM and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) are embarking on their first joint survey of academic hospitalists.

SHAPE the Landscape of Academic Hospital Medicine: Participate in the Academic Hospitalist Survey

Academic HM groups—including groups at community-based teaching hospitals—can participate in the survey now through Nov. 5 by logging on to www6.mgma.com, or by contacting MGMA’s Survey Operations Department at 877-275-6462, Ext. 1895.

“Academic hospitalists and executive leaders at academic institutions need to know how they stack up against their peers in the field,” says Leslie Flores, SHM’s senior advisor for practice management. “Participating in this survey is the first step in providing an in-depth resource that identifies the major trends in academic hospital medicine.”

Like the new State of Hospital Medicine report, the academic report will provide data on hospitalist compensation and productivity, staffing information, and financial support. It also will examine the organizational structure of academic hospitalist practices and how academic hospitalists allocate their time between clinical, research, and teaching responsibilities. The new report also will feature information about medical-school and research funding.

MGMA will publish its standard academic survey results early next spring. Hospitalist-specific data will also be published in the 2011 State of Hospital Medicine report, to be released next summer.

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