By  | December 30, 2016 |  1
Last month, I wrote a letter to hospital executives, urging them to deliberately invest their own personal time and effort in fostering hospitalist wellbeing. I suggested several actions that leaders can take to enhance hospitalist job satisfaction and reduce the risk of burnout and turnover. Following publication of that post, I heard from several hospital […]
By  | December 27, 2016 |  0
Earlier this month, I took a day trip to the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center for their inaugural value challenge. Little did I know that when I arrived, I would be part of an all-star judging team that would be giving away $100,000 (a.k.a. real money) complete with a “big check”, a la Publisher’s […]
By  | December 23, 2016 |  0
SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: December 8 – December 22, 2016 Check out the latest hospital medicine and SHM-related stories in mainstream and healthcare-centric news. For the full stories, click on the links below: The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is increasing veteran access to healthcare by allowing nurse practitioners to provide primary […]
By  | December 22, 2016 |  1
If you have paid attention to the news, you picked up the study out in JAMA concerning how male versus female physicians deliver inpatient care.  Not just any inpatient docs, though, but hospitalists. The investigators were meticulous in their analysis of over a million Medicare beneficiaries and looked at readmit and mortality rates.  They examined […]
By  | December 21, 2016 |  0
“Physicians deemed unnecessary, ½ of all hospitals expect to be using artificial intelligence technology by 2020. Medical schools begin to shutter.” (See New England Journey of Medicine 2016.) “Social worker of inner city hospital found to be the most cost effective position in the system, promoted to CEO.” “Patients HCAHPS surveys determined to be filled […]
By  | December 19, 2016 |  0
This recent article in the NYT and the NEJM study precipitating it widened the (malevolent) coverage of the fees paid by patients and insurance companies to out of network physicians.  If you are not familiar with the issue, doctors working in hospitals–who may not participate in the plans the hospitals accept–separately bill the insurance companies […]