Archive for November 2017

HM Highlights: SHM Members Discuss ER Utilization, Patient Trust & More

­SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: October 26 – November 9, 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: SHM member Shoshana Herzig, MD spoke with healthline about why so many Americans utilize the emergency room rather than other medical services. A physician profile of SHM member Shahid Ahmad, MD in Midwest Medical Education emphasizes the importance of patient trust for hospitalists. SHM member George Hoke, MD is one of two representatives from UVA on the High Value Practice Academic Alliance, working to improve healthcare by eliminating waste and unnecessary testing. Tommy Ibrahim, MD, MHA, CPE, FHM, FACHE was selected as Chief Medical Officer of INTEGRIS. Why Do So Many People Still Go to the Emergency Room? When Americans need healthcare, about half the time they’ll head to the emergency room. That’s the finding…

Up Your Game in APP Integration

I receive lots of calls and emails from HM group leaders, APP leads and others looking to up their game in APP integration. The calls fall into certain domains, and I thought it might be a good time to address some of these concerns. Training/Onboarding: This is the number one domain I get questions about. And it is important. Poor onboarding and lack of standardized training for APPs is a major barrier to success in HM practices looking to maximize their APP providers. Didactic that is congruent with SHM’s Core Competencies in Hospital Medicine is a good place to start. But before you embark on this fabulous onboarding program that is the envy of all who survey, realize that another key to success is appropriate expectations.The best onboarding or training program cannot “season” an APP the way time does. New grads can easily take nine months to a year to…