Value-Based Purchasing, Depression in Hospitalized Patients & More in HM News

SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: June 8 – June 22, 2017
Check out the latest hospital medicine and SHM-related stories in mainstream and healthcare news. For the full stories, click on the links below:

Value-Based Purchasing Program Has Little Effect
A Medicare hospital quality improvement program has failed to yield reduced mortality for patients with acute myocardial infarction or heart failure 4 years into the program, a new study has found. The study was published online June 14 in the New England Journal of Medicine. But participating hospitals did see a reduction in pneumonia-related deaths compared with control hospitals.

June 16, 2017
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Depression Can Slow Hospital Patients’ Recovery: Study
Depression affects about one-third of hospital patients and could slow their recovery, researchers report. Their review of 20 studies on depression screening in hospitals showed that 33 percent of patients had symptoms of depression. Patients with depression are less likely to take their medications and keep all recommended appointments after leaving the hospital, potentially leading to longer hospital stays and an increased risk of readmission, according to study lead author Dr. Waguih William IsHak.

June 9, 2017
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Get Well Sooner? A Healthier Roommate Could Help
Your speed of recovery in a hospital is related to many things. Among them is one you might not consider: the condition of your roommate. A recent study published in the American Journal of Health Economics found that hospital patients who are assigned healthier roommates require less care and are discharged more rapidly, with no negative effects on their health.

June 19, 2017
New York Times
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Society of Hospital Medicine Resources to Empower Hospitalist Antibiotic Stewardship Efforts
Hospitalists have assumed major roles in inpatient care in both academic and community settings. At many institutions, hospitalists manage the majority of patients who have infectious disease diagnoses. High antibiotic use is endemic in hospitals. National efforts have been made to involve hospitalists in stewardship efforts, such as the “Antibiotic Stewardship Driver Diagram and Change Package” prepared by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement for CDC in 2011, and ongoing initiatives among hospitalist groups, including the University of Michigan and our hospitalist division at Johns Hopkins Bayview.

June 20, 2017
CDC Safe Healthcare Blog
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Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies Bring Real-World Evidence to Infection Risk Management to Help Medical University of South Carolina Reduce Infection Risk in the OR
The Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies (JJMDC)* today announced they are working with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in its commitment to drive toward zero, by identifying opportunities to reduce the risk of infection for patients receiving care within its OR and ambulatory surgery facilities and sharing evidence-based learnings and insights.

June 14, 2017
Johnson & Johnson
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Felicia Steele

Felicia joined the Society of Hospital Medicine in November of 2016 and serves as the Marketing Communications Specialist. She is responsible for overseeing day-to-day social media engagement, developing content that supports SHM’s brand and core values, monitoring SHM’s media coverage and assisting in the moderation of SHM’s online community, HMX.

Prior to her role at SHM, Ms. Steele was the Sales & Marketing Assistant at The MandMarblestone Group, LLC, a tax law consulting firm. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Public Health from Temple University.

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