Hospitalist Impact on Patient Outcomes, APP Integration & More in HM News

­SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: January 18, 2018

Check out the latest hospital medicine and SHM-related stories in mainstream and healthcare news. For the full stories, click on the links below:

New Expert Guidance on Contact Precautions for Drug-Resistant Infections
New expert guidance released today by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America advises hospitals on determining when they can safely discontinue contact precautions for patients with multi-drug resistant bacteria. The framework, published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, addresses how long hospital staff should use these safety protocols to reduce the spread of potentially deadly organisms within the hospital, in most cases ranging from one to three negative cultures prior to discontinuation. The guidance also outlines the use of molecular testing that is guiding these care decisions.

January 11, 2018
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Do Hospitalists Really Improve Patient Outcomes?
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 published in JAMA Internal Medicine entitled “Comparison of Hospital Resource Use and Outcomes Among Hospitalists, Primary Care Physicians, and Other Generalists.”

December 18, 2017
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Study Shows Doctors Record Better Notes After Using Best-Practices Program
The quality and efficiency of notes doctors took about their patients improved when they received education and guidelines that emphasized best practices. In a study led by UCLA researchers, physicians were instructed to document only what was relevant for that day and were discouraged from using some common tools that are intended to make note-taking more efficient. During the study period, physicians produced shorter, higher quality notes and completed the notes earlier in the day. By limiting the efficiency tools, note writing actually became more efficient.

January 17, 2018
Medical Xpress
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Mid-Atlantic Hospitalist Group Expands With Like-Minded Firm, Expects to See Additional Growth Opportunities
In 2017, large healthcare mergers dominated the headlines, but as 2018 begins, a smaller player in the hospitalist space made its first acquisition, for the same reasons as its bigger relatives.
Adfinitas Health is the largest private hospitalist group in the Mid-Atlantic region, operating in Maryland and Virginia, as well as Michigan. Earlier this week it announced it moved into the Pennsylvania market by acquiring the majority of Advanced Inpatient Medicine (AIM). Terms were not disclosed.

January 11, 2018
AJMC In Focus Blog
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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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