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SHM gives QI a new look

SHM is proud to announce that its Center for Hospital Innovation & Improvement has a fresh look and name: SHM’s Center for Quality Improvement. While the name may have changed, SHM’s Center for QI will remain your partner in quality and patient safety.

“SHM’s Center for QI provides a comprehensive set of resources and programs to support hospitalists and other hospital clinicians as they work to improve quality and safety in their hospitals,” says Eric E. Howell, MD, MHM, senior physician advisor for SHM’s Center for QI.

SHM’s Center for QI’s mentored implementation programs are deployed in hundreds of hospitals and have been recognized with the John M. Eisenberg Award. More recently, its opioid-safety program (RADEO) was recognized by the CMS for its efforts to enhance patient safety.

Visit to learn more about SHM’s Center for QI and about opportunities for partnerships, solutions, and tools to address your QI needs.

PHM 2017 is coming! Book your ticket to Nashville today

Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) 2017 is the largest, leading educational event for health care professionals who specialize in the care of hospitalized children. This year’s meeting will be held July 20-23 at the Omni Nashville in Tennessee.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the nation, learn from renowned faculty from throughout the discipline, and acquire skills, tools, and resources to directly benefit their patients and practice.

PHM 2017 has been designed to provide participants with tools to improve clinical skills and practice, address management issues, lead change and innovation within their institutions, and network with thought leaders to collaborate and learn about new innovations.

View the full meeting schedule, educational objectives, and more at

Benchmark your HMG appropriately with the State of Hospital Medicine Report

The State of Hospital Medicine Report continues to be the best source of detail regarding the configuration and operation of hospital medicine groups. The biennial report provides current data on hospitalist compensation and production, in addition to cutting-edge knowledge covering practice demographics, staffing levels, turnover, staff growth, compensation methods, and financial support for solid, evidence-based management decisions.

“We’ve used data from the report to hold more informed discussions with the group that provides our note-coding services and to determine how to benchmark our nocturnists’ workloads and pay,” said Andrew White, MD, SFHM, director of the Hospital Medicine Service at the University of Washington in Seattle. “The results are broken into region and academic practice type, which gives me the confidence that I’m looking at results from groups like mine, rather than comparing to the country-wide average.”

The report is designed for hospital medicine leaders (both physician leaders and nonphysician practice administrators and executives), as well as frontline hospitalists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pediatricians, and internal and family medicine physicians.

In addition to the print version, the 2016 State of Hospital Medicine Report is also available in an enhanced, fully searchable digital version. To order your copy in either print or digital, visit

Learn how to drive change as a leader in hospital medicine

A successful hospitalist program requires strong leadership from the floor to the C-suite. SHM’s Leadership Academy prepares clinical and academic leaders with vital skills that, traditionally, are not taught in medical school or typical residency programs. This year’s meeting will be held October 23-26 at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz.

New for Leadership Academy 2017, Strategic Essentials (formerly Leadership Foundations), Influential Management, and Mastering Teamwork will be available to all attendees, regardless of previous attendance. SHM provides recommendations for interested registrants so they can determine which course fits them best in their leadership journey.

Take the Strategic Essentials course to evaluate your personal leadership strengths and weaknesses, understand key hospital drivers, and more.

If you are looking to learn skills needed to drive culture change through specific leadership behaviors as well as financial storytelling, then Leadership: Influential Management would be a great course for you.

The third course, Leadership: Mastering Teamwork, will help attendees learn to critically assess program growth opportunities, lead and motivate teams, and design effective communication strategies. Learn more at

Stay ahead of the MACRA curve with SHM

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) put into motion the new Quality Payment Program, which replaces past pay-for-performance programs, such as the Physician Quality Reporting System and physician value-based modifier. The new program has many complicated requirements, and hospitalists will be impacted.

The first year of the program has flexible participation, yet hospitalists need to do at least one thing (report one quality measure, attest to one improvement activity) in the program in order to avoid a 4% penalty to Medicare payments. 2017 is the first reporting year, so now is the time for providers to familiarize themselves with the requirements.

To support hospitalists who are looking for hospital medicine–specific ways to participate and avoid penalties, SHM hosted a webinar that is now available at under “Resources.” SHM’s policy staff broke down the program requirements and went into detail on ways in which hospitalists can and should participate in the new program. Updates and other resources are also available at

Looking to be a speaker at Hospital Medicine 2018?

The Society of Hospital Medicine reminds you to submit your workshop proposal for the 2018 Annual Meeting to be held April 8-11, 2018, at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Workshops should involve topics in one of ten categories: clinical, career development, research, academic, patient experience/communication, perioperative, information technology, practice management, quality and patient safety, and evidence‐based medicine/high‐value care. Each workshop should last 90 minutes.

Proposals that are the most likely to be accepted will be innovative as well as highly interactive, utilizing small groups and limiting didactic/lecture content. Workshops previously presented at national or regional meetings will be considered. Four faculty members from each workshop that is accepted will receive 50% off their annual meeting registration, although workshops may include a maximum of six additional facilitators.

The submission deadline is Friday, May 12, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. EST. Visit for more information.

Brett Radler is SHM’s communications specialist.

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