Eight educational tracks, an equal number of credit bearing pre-courses, a score of small-group forums, three plenaries, and an SHM Town Hall meeting offers a lot of professional development in a four-day span. But that’s just a sampling of what HM13 has slated May 16-19 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., just outside Washington, D.C.
So how does one get the most value out of the conference?
“The highest-yield content is going to depend on what your background is and how to spend that time in a way that augments your knowledge, your perspective, or your exposure to like-minded colleagues in a very individual way,” says HM13 course director Daniel Brotman, MD, FACP, SFHM, director of the hospitalist program at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. “One of the things that’s so cool about hospital medicine is its diversity.”
But don’t take Dr. Brotman’s well-educated word for it. Here’s a list of recommendations from Team Hospitalist, the only reader-involvement group of its kind in HM, on events they would not miss this year.
The New Anticoagulants: When Should We Be Using Them?
2:45 p.m., May 17
Dr. Ma: “I’m very interested about the new anticoagulants talk. What I’m curious to see is what the speaker thinks about the survivability of these medications in our society, with so many lawyers. Pradaxa already has fallen out of favor. Let’s see what happens to Xarelto.”
How do CFOs Value Their Hospitalist Programs?
2:50 p.m., May 18
Dr. Ma: “The problem today is CFOs have to valuate their hospitalists in the setting of other specialists who also receive subsidies. There is less money to be spent on hospitalists, as other specialists vie for this allotment of savings from hospital-based value purchasing.”
Mentoring/Coaching an Improvement Team: Lessons from SHM’s Mentored Implementation Programs
2:45 p.m., May 17
Dr. Perumalswami: “As a Project BOOST physician mentor in Illinois, I would highly recommend the session because the discussion will involve an inside look into valuable experience-based observations and analysis for the success of any process improvement team. The nature of teams and the culture of improvement at various sites will also be discussed. There will be a mentee side of the presentation, too, which will help other mentors of implementation programs better understand what the issues are ‘from the other side.’”
Strategies to Improve Communication with Patients and Families to Improve Care
2:45 p.m., May 17
Dr. Hale: “It is well known in pediatrics that you are treating two patients: both the child and the parents. If the family has a shared understanding of the child’s illness and there is collaboration for the care plan, there will be improved care.”
Neonatal HSV: When to Consider It, How to Evaluate for It, and How to Treat It
11 a.m., May 18
Dr. Hale: “Neonatal HSV is a devastating disease. It is essential to recognize high-risk patients to decrease morbidity and mortality for this illness. There have been recent updates in the understanding of epidemiology of this disease that can assist the provider in recognizing high-risk patients.”
Supporting Transition for Youth with Special Healthcare Needs: Coordinating Care and Preparing to Pass the Baton
4:15 p.m., May 18
Dr. Hale: “The transition of adolescents and young adults from pediatric-care teams to adult-medicine-care teams should be seamless for the sake of the patient, but often it is a blurry transition over the course of years. This session is high-yield for both pediatric and adult hospitalists.”
Getting Ready for Physician Value-Based Purchasing
9:50 a.m., May 19
Dr. Simone: “Dr. [Pat] Torcson’s presentation last year was one of the best at HM12, and I expect this year to be the same. He chairs SHM’s Performance Measurement and Reporting Committee and is well versed in these matters. He speaks in terms that will capture all audiences, whether they are experienced or new to the business aspects of medicine. Highly recommended.”
BOOSTing the Hospital Discharge Process: What Works and What Doesn’t
10:35 a.m., May 17
Dr. Simone: “Both panelists are excellent presenters as well as leading authorities when it comes to discharge processes. This presentation is very timely with the new CMS payment system, which penalizes unnecessary and unexpected readmissions.”
Success Stories: How to Integrate NPs and PAs into a Hospitalist Practice
4:15 p.m., May 18
Cardin: “This is an important session because, as every hard-working hospitalist knows, there simply aren’t enough physicians to fill the needs of our medically complex hospitalized patients. It is simply a reality that there will be an increased need in the future for mid-level providers, and it is valuable to maximize the success of a program by learning how to assimilate them into hospitalized practice.”
Diagnostic Errors and the Hospitalist: Why They Happen and How to Avoid Them
12:45 p.m., May 17
Cardin: “Half of practicing medicine is pattern recognition, and if there are patterns to making diagnostic errors, it would be so valuable to be aware of them. We have tremendous responsibility when caring for patients, and I think it is always beneficial to learn from mistakes.”
Richard Quinn is a freelance writer in New Jersey.