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You are a hospitalist. Like all hospitalists, you struggle with the pace, the hours, the complexity of demands placed upon your clinical time, the dratted medical record, burnout. You sometimes feel the collaborative process with your consulting colleagues could be improved. You often feel that…
By: Win Whitcomb, MD, MHM Hospitalist groups have been among the highest volume participants in Medicare’s Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) demonstration project, initiating almost 200,000 episodes representing over $4.7B in spending since the model began1. On January 9, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid…
It’s that time of (every other) year! Once again, your hospital medicine group (HMG) has a unique opportunity to contribute to our collective understanding of the current state of hospital medicine in the United States. SHM’s State of Hospital Medicine Survey kicked off this week…
As a personal advocate for value-based care, I was lucky enough to do my Hospital Medicine Fellowship at an institution that placed a strong emphasis on improving and optimizing value for its patients. As a (mildly naïve) first-year fellow, I recall being impressed by an…
Do locums hospitalists outperform…or even make the cut? A new investigation tackles the question, and I will get right to it. In a nutshell, locums docs provided a similar level of care as staff doctors according to a JAMA study published last week. Researchers analyzed 1.8 million Medicare…
Wait a minute. Isn’t there an ongoing national shortage of hospitalists? Don’t most hospital medicine groups have trouble recruiting enough providers? You wouldn’t think hospitalists would be at much risk for being laid off. But believe it or not, it does happen. Management companies lose…
Long continues the debate of what impact hospitalists have on inpatient outcomes. This issue has been playing out in the medical literature for 20 years, since the coining of the term in 1997. In the most recent iteration of the debate, a study was recently…
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