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Before the White Coat Gets the Modern Healthcare Spotlight in SHM Media Highlights

by Brendon Shank
SHM’s Before the White Coat podcast, hospitalist satisfaction, Choosing Wisely and Journal of Hospital Medicine research are featured in the latest roundup of media articles about the specialty. After celebrating its six-month anniversary, SHM’s podcast, Before the White Coat, was highlighted in a Modern Healthcare article -- in print and online -- reviewing the inspiration for its development and a few episode highlights. KevinMD.com featured Tracy Cardin’s blog post from The Hospital Leader earlier this month. In her post, she discussed the two requirements she believes are essential for an effective, satisfied hospital medicine group: strong leadership and adequate staffing. Also in the realm of hospitalist satisfaction, Press Ganey CMO Dr. James Marino blogged for Becker’s Hospital Review, noting that a number of hospitalists feel a lack of respect from colleagues; he delves into how he made this discovery and his recommendations. Choosing Wisely appeared in a recent article in the American…
Brendon Shank is the Associate Vice President of the Society of Hospital Medicine and is a member of the PRSA Health Academy Executive Committee. You can find him on Twitter, @BShank.

Quality Improvement, Burnout in Healthcare News

by Brendon Shank
SHM initiatives, clinician burnout, Medicare and new end-of-life care tools appeared in the last two weeks of media highlights in medical and regional news outlets. Because hospitalists are more frequently managing inpatient care of adults 65 and older, Medscape recently featured Journal of Hospital Medicine research on developing a patient-centered research agenda for improving the care of older hospitalized patients. Another SHM franchise, Project BOOST, was called out as an effective method to reduce hospital readmissions in Advance Healthcare Network’s nurse-targeted publication. Also in the quality improvement space, a HealthAffairs blog post by ABIM Foundation COO Daniel Wolfson highlighted SHM’s work with Choosing Wisely as the primary driver behind a 20 percent reduction in unnecessary lab work at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. A common issue affecting hospitalists, physician burnout, was the subject of a MedPage Today article, featuring commentary from SHM member Dr. Vineet Arora, citing the intensity…
Brendon Shank is the Associate Vice President of the Society of Hospital Medicine and is a member of the PRSA Health Academy Executive Committee. You can find him on Twitter, @BShank.

How Hospitalists “Got Smart,” Post-Acute Medicine and Patient Compensation in SHM Media Highlights

by Brendon Shank
Antibiotic stewardship – including SHM’s “Fight the Resistance" campaign – post-acute medicine, patient compensation and patient experience appeared in the last two weeks of hospital medicine media coverage in medical and regional outlets. SHM’s “Fight the Resistance” campaign received mentions in both Infection Control Today and Associations Now.The first story highlighted the partner organizations collaborating with the CDC for their “Get Smart about Antibiotic Resistance” week and their respective campaigns, which coincided with SHM’s participation in the global antibiotic resistance Twitter chat led by the CDC. The second focused on the member engagement aspect of SHM’s poster campaign. A related story from Infection Control Today reviewed the CDC’s commitment to a three-year initiative to improve implementation of infection prevention and control efforts, including contributions from SHM. Hospitals and Health News covered the emergence of post-acute medicine as a result of the move to fee-for-value healthcare model. The article explored how…
Brendon Shank is the Associate Vice President of the Society of Hospital Medicine and is a member of the PRSA Health Academy Executive Committee. You can find him on Twitter, @BShank.

Antibiotic Stewardship, Hospitalists and Quality Improvement in the News

by Brendon Shank
Antibiotic stewardship, SHM’s “Fight the Resistance” campaign and a number of other quality improvement-related topics appeared in hospital medicine media coverage over the last two weeks. Prior to the kickoff webinar of SHM's  “Fight the Resistance” antibiotic stewardship campaign yesterday, multiple press outlets have covered the campaign launch. Hospitalist News, among multiple sources, ran a story on their homepage featuring a campaign overview and how readers can get involved. Last Monday, Medscape released a "Guest Expert Commentary" video of Dr. Eric Howell, SHM’s Senior Physician Advisor, rallying hospitalists and hospital staff to join the fight against antibiotic resistance and download and display the campaign posters. The campaign is also subject of the cover story in the November issue of The Hospitalist (the print version includes a full-size "Fight the Resistance" poster). SHM is also partnering with the CDC, aligning the timing of the campaign around the CDC's “Get Smart About Antibiotics” week. Research originally published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine…
Brendon Shank is the Associate Vice President of the Society of Hospital Medicine and is a member of the PRSA Health Academy Executive Committee. You can find him on Twitter, @BShank.

SHM Media Highlights: October 8 – 22

by Brendon Shank
Noteworthy topics affecting hospital medicine – end-of-life care, antibiotic stewardship and patient experience – as well as recent SHM organizational and member successes are included in this edition of media highlights. End-of-life care, an important focus area for hospital medicine and SHM’s Center for Hospital Innovation and Improvement, appeared in Vox and KevinMD. In both blog posts, hospitalists explained the impact of end-of-life care on both patients and themselves as clinicians through firsthand interactions. The prevalence of end-of-life care content in healthcare media is timely, as SHM recently partnered with the Hastings Center to develop training tools for hospitalists to navigate end-of-life care discussions. As SHM prepares for its “Fight the Resistance” campaign in support of antibiotic stewardship next month, an article in Medscape highlighted the dangers of antibiotic resistance and its threats to the safety and efficacy of surgical procedures and immunosuppressive chemotherapy. Antibiotic resistance continues to appear frequently…
Brendon Shank is the Associate Vice President of the Society of Hospital Medicine and is a member of the PRSA Health Academy Executive Committee. You can find him on Twitter, @BShank.
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