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Calling all pediatric hospitalists

Register for Pediatric Hospital Medicine 2017 (PHM17), the premier educational conference for pediatric hospitalists and other clinicians who care for hospitalized children. Re-energize your practice with the latest research, best practices, innovations, and more.

The largest meeting of the year for pediatric hospitalists, the conference is cosponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the AAP Section on Hospital Medicine, the Academic Pediatric Association (APA), and the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM). The 2017 meeting will be July 20-23 at the Omni Nashville (Tenn.) Hotel.

Register before June 7 to receive the early-bird rates. Visit for more information.

SHM can prepare you for MACRA

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Reporting for Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP), created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), started with the new year. Two payment pathways under MACRA, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs), have varying requirements. Both pathways are complicated, and SHM has created resources to help hospitalists participate.

Visit for general information and details in the MACRA FAQ and MIPS Tips links.

Don’t miss five new tracks at HM17

HM17 will feature five new and engaging tracks at the annual meeting, May 1-4 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
  • Learn how to avoid diagnostic and therapeutic overuse, and how to move towards the right care for every hospital medicine patient with the High Value Care Track.
  • Don’t miss the Clinical Updates Track, which provides evidence-based updates from recent literature published in medicine subspecialty fields and specific topic areas that all hospitalists need to know.
  • Accurate and timely diagnosis are the two cornerstones of high-quality patient care. Find out what topics are in the Diagnostic Reasoning Track.
  • Learn from experts during the Health Policy Track who will discuss the most current health care policy issues as they impact hospitalists and what we can expect from a new Presidential administration and changes in Congress.
  • The Mini Medical Education Track is for hospitalists who are interested in improving their teaching skills.

Learn more about the HM17 schedule and offerings at

Prepare for the entire Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine (FPHM) exam with SPARK ONE

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Start successfully preparing for the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine (FPHM) exam, or assess your general knowledge in hospital medicine, with SPARK ONE, a comprehensive self-assessment of your unique practice that promotes enhanced patient care for medical professionals of all career levels.

This self-paced study guide engages learners through an open-book format, allowing users to review detailed learning objectives and discussion points and define individual areas of strengths and weaknesses. SHM members Save $150! Learn more at

Improve your treatment of VTE during Blood Clot Awareness Month

March is Blood Clot Awareness Month, and SHM recently introduced a new toolkit and guide surrounding treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in the hospital setting. SHM has a history of providing cutting-edge resources in this space, and Steven B. Deitelzweig, MD, MMM, SFHM, FACP, FACC, system chairman of hospital medicine at Oschner Health System in New Orleans, was integral in editing SHM’s VTE treatment mentored implementation guide and online toolkit.

“SHM has an established track record of implementing evidence-based and guideline-driven learnings successfully, and we continue to see improvement across multiple facilities based on this work with this disease,” Dr. Deitelzweig says. “Whenever possible, I would strongly recommend taking full advantage of SHM’s outstanding programs as they are intensely developed by experts for adoption at hospitals of different sizes, including community and academic centers.”

SHM can help you and your hospital improve treatment of VTE as well – learn how at

Share patient experience success stories

Our Patient Experience Committee wants to showcase stories of when care teams or their counterparts in the hospital made a notable shift in a patient’s experience: a special moment or interaction; a successful improvement project; an award for excellence in practice; a memo of commendation; a letter from a patient. Email examples of success to Claudia Stahl at [email protected] by May 11. Submissions can include photos, letters, or videos. SHM will share these moments that “made all the difference” with members on its website via other channels soon to be announced.

Brett Radler is SHM’s communications specialist.

Not a member? Know someone who should be? Visit to learn about the opportunities we can offer hospital medicine professionals.

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