Posts by Brett Radler

Growth of Nocturnists, Mental Health Reform Top Hospital Medicine News

This issue of SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News features: The Boston Globe’s coverage of the growing presence of nocturnists in U.S. hospitals and the associated improvements in patient care and satisfaction The mental health bill that recently cleared the House of Representatives that was proposed in an attempt to address the nationwide shortage of psychiatric beds and child psychiatrists Medical news coverage of Journal of Hospital Medicine research on the effectiveness of catheter reduction programs The CMS’ plans to stop paying hospitals’ off-campus ambulatory care facilities the same as hospital-based outpatient departments Research presented at Hospital Medicine 2016 on the positive financial implications of enhanced care transitions, such as email-based care transitions Regional news coverage of the recent increase in violence towards healthcare workers in hospitals – much of it drug-related – and some hospitals’ responses (For SHM’s press releases on recent comment submissions to CMS on the…

Hospitalist Union Update, Patient Obs. Status Notice Top Hospital Medicine News

SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: June 9 – June 23, 2016 This issue of SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News features: An update on the Oregon hospitalist union, which recently reached a tentative agreement with the hospital at which its members work, causing them to cancel their informational picket Medicare’s draft proposal for a written patient observation status notice to inform them of what it is and its financial implications regarding Medicare coverage. (SHM’s Advocacy team and Public Policy Committee submitted comments in response last week, on which SHM’s Communications team issued a press release.) The continued growth of sub-specialty hospitalists, the cause of which is often cited to be work-life balance One team of doctors in Vermont that has found ways to reduce the number of unnecessary blood tests performed, guided by recommendations originally developed by SHM Analysis of how bundled payments have been a driver…

Hospitalist Union Picket, Alarm Fatigue & SHM Collaborations Make Hospital Medicine News

SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: May 26 – June 9, 2016 This issue of SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News features: The first picket organized by the first hospitalist union in the US, formed in late 2014 in Eugene, OR A national story in Forbes focused on alarm fatigue and potential remedies Credit to SHM for its assistance in an AHRQ project recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine that significantly reduced UTIs in hospitals A press release lauding hospitalists at the University of Kentucky Medical Center for their quality improvement efforts, due largely in part to efforts from SHM past president Dr. Mark Williams An alternative approach to medical education, which delves further into public policy to prepare future providers for the healthcare climate they will face when they begin to practice A USA Today feature on new strategies to improve children’s sleep while…

Superbugs, Medical Errors and Safety Rankings in Hospital Medicine News

by Brett Radler
SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: May 12 – 26, 2016 This issue of SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News features: The first case of a superbug in the U.S. that is resistant to antibiotics of last resort Suggestions to reduce the number of medical error-related deaths in hospitals, including work performed by SHM member Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD The possible lack of usefulness of hospital report cards and safety rankings to consumers Physicians’ lack of comprehension of medical costs that affect their daily practice The growing trend of healthcare providers and payers working together amicably after many years of adversarial relationships A recent blog post from Dr. Brett Hendel-Paterson on The Hospital Leader blog that was republished by Medscape   The Superbug that Doctors Have Been Dreading Just Reached the U.S. For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant…
Brett Radler is the Communications Specialist at the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM). He is responsible for managing the day-to-day social media engagement across SHM’s social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube, and assists in the management of SHM’s blog, The Hospital Leader. In addition to his social media roles, Brett develops content for SHM’s monthly newsmagazine, The Hospitalist, and monitors media coverage relevant to the hospital medicine movement. Brett holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and also serves as on-air talent at a New Jersey radio station in his spare time.

Revamped MOC, Opioid Addiction Epidemic in Hospital Medicine News

by Brett Radler
This issue of SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News features: Details of the revamped maintenance of certification assessment program from the ABIM The opioid addiction epidemic, including the possibility of mandatory training for doctors who prescribe opioids and the epidemic’s effect on hospitalizations and hospital costs The rise of medical errors to the third leading cause of death in the United States Potential penalties for physicians associated with tight MACRA deadlines surrounding the updated quality and IT measures that go into effect on January 1, 2017 A look at North America’s first all-digital hospital, which has automated over 75 percent of its functions, including pharmacy, laundry and food delivery A recent blog post from Dr. Brad Flansbaum on The Hospital Leader blog that was republished by Medscape   ABIM Announces Plans to Offer Physicians MOC Assessment Options in January 2018 The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) today announced…
Brett Radler is the Communications Specialist at the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM). He is responsible for managing the day-to-day social media engagement across SHM’s social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube, and assists in the management of SHM’s blog, The Hospital Leader. In addition to his social media roles, Brett develops content for SHM’s monthly newsmagazine, The Hospitalist, and monitors media coverage relevant to the hospital medicine movement. Brett holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and also serves as on-air talent at a New Jersey radio station in his spare time.