Posts by Brett Radler

MACRA Flexibility, SHM Successes in Hospital Medicine News

SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: September 1 – 15, 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 CMS recently announced that it will be granting practitioners more flexibility once MACRA goes live in 2017 in the form of four participation options rather than the previously announced two. SHM Board President Brian Harte, MD, SFHM was recently named President of Cleveland Clinic Akron General & the Southern Region beginning on September 26. The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) recently released an interview with the lead author of SHM’s RADEO (Reducing Adverse Events Related to Opioids) Guide, Thomas W. Frederickson, MD, MBA, SFHM. A recent analysis demonstrates that between 2012 and 2015, the number of physician practices owned by hospitals or health systems rose by 86 percent, translating to one in…

Telemedicine, Influential Hospitalists & More in the News

SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: August 18 – September 1, 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: Hospital medicine’s 20th anniversary continued to receive coverage from both mainstream and medical news outlets, with feature stories in The Chicago Tribune and Columbia University Medical News. Three hospitalists appear on Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare 2016 list: U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, MHM and Bob Wachter, MD, MHM. Medscape highlighted some hospitalists’ perception that they do not receive respect in the hospital from professionals and patients alike; the article includes commentary from John Nelson, MD, MHM. The growing trend of telemedicine is creating a growing need to train physicians on developing a good ‘webside manner’ for virtual visits, as per an article in Modern Healthcare.…

Hospital Medicine’s 20th Anniversary Makes Media Splash

SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: August 4 – 18, 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: As SHM celebrates the 20th anniversary of hospital medicine, multiple news outlets picked up the recent release of the special NEJM article penned by Drs. Bob Wachter and Lee Goldman. Coverage included Modern Healthcare, Medscape and UCSF News. Opioid prescribing continues to be a hot topic, with national coverage from The New York Times on the consequences of incorporating pain management into HCAHPS scores. Medscape also placed the spotlight on hospitalists’ struggle of balancing pain management and risk that a patient will overdose. Recent research has shown that geriatric hospital units focused on increased patient mobility could reduce readmissions. SHM member and former Research Committee member Dr. Heidi Wald was quoted in the report in…

CMS Readmission Penalties, Star Rankings Top Hospital Medicine News

SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: July 21 – August 4, 2016 Check out the latest hospital medicine and SHM-related stories in mainstream and healthcare-centric news coverage. For the full stories, click on the hyperlinks below: Medicare’s readmission penalties for hospitals will reach a new high as Medicare withholds more than half a billion dollars in payments over the next year. (Kaiser Health News, 8/2/16) CNBC takes an in-depth look at the release of the CMS hospital star ratings and compares them to the S. News & World Report “Best Hospital” rankings, including feedback from hospital and association executives and an overview of how they could impact patients. (CNBC, 7/26/16) A Journal of Hospital Medicine research study demonstrates how clinicians can leverage EHR data to reduce alarm fatigue for providers by modifying physiologic bedside monitor alarm limits. (Health Data Management, 7/27/16) The CMS is finalizing a controversial 1.5% cut…

Star Rating Concerns, MACRA & the Opioid Epidemic Top Hospital Medicine News

SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: July 7 – 21, 2016 The following are among the top hospital medicine and SHM-related topics in mainstream and healthcare-centric news coverage. For the full stories, click on the hyperlinks below: Hospital groups’ demands that the CMS postpone star ratings after concerns over their accuracy and validity in judging care quality (Modern Healthcare, 7/8/16) A potential delay in the implementation of MACRA, as per CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt in response to a number of providers’ concerns (Modern Healthcare, 7/13/16) The Senate passing a groundbreaking bill penned to address the nation’s opioid epidemic via training programs for providers for at-risk patients and an interagency task force to examine best practices for pain management (MedPage Today, 7/14/16) A New York Times feature on the pay gap between male and female physicians, including commentary from SHM’s own Dr. Vinny Arora (The New York Times, 7/11/16)…