The Society of Hospital Medicine recently opened the 2018 State of Hospital Medicine (SoHM) Survey and is now seeking participants from hospital medicine groups to contribute to the collective understanding of the state of the specialty.
Results from the biennial survey will be analyzed and compiled into the 2018 SoHM Report to provide current data on hospitalist compensation and production, as well as cutting-edge knowledge covering practice demographics, staffing levels, turnover, staff growth, and financial support. The SoHM Survey closes on Feb. 16, 2018.
“The SoHM Survey lays the foundation for the creation of one of the most expansive tools for hospital medicine professionals,” said Beth Hawley, MBA, FACHE, chief operating officer of SHM. “With the help of participants from hospital medicine groups nationwide, it creates an up-to-date snapshot of trends in the specialty to help inform staffing and management decisions.”
The 2018 SoHM Survey includes new questions about open hospitalist physician positions during the year, including what percentage of approved staffing was unfilled and how the group filled the coverage. Other new topics ask about the number of work Relative Value Units generated by participating hospital medicine groups and who selects the billing codes for the groups.
Over the past year and a half, five distinct efforts were completed to collect user feedback for both the survey and report development processes. Efforts ranged from in-person focus groups at SHM’s Annual Conference to online user surveys. After information was collected and summarized, SHM’s Practice Analysis Committee ranked every question to trim down the Survey from 70 questions in 2016 to 52 questions in 2018.
The 2018 SoHM Report will be available this fall in print only, as a bundle of print and digital, or as digital only, with special discounts available for SHM members.
Committee members are available for one-on-one guidance as participants complete the Survey. For more information and to participate, visit www.hospitalmedicine.org/sohm.