Posts by Brett Radler

SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: April 14 – 28, 2016

by Brett Radler
SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: April 14 – 28, 2016   This issue of SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News features: A Medscape feature on the growth and evolution of the hospital medicine specialty, including commentary from SHM leaders and data from the State of Hospital Medicine Report The increasing presence of psychiatric hospitalists on medical wards in an attempt to reduce length of stay Medscape coverage and analysis of the April #JHMChat, the quarterly tweet chat with the Journal of Hospital Medicine, focused on perioperative medicine News from the CMS, including the official announcement of the successor of meaningful use and the discontinuation of inpatient payment cuts to hospitals under the two-midnight rule How the shift to value-based payment could lead to a decrease in hospital admissions A regional news outlet’s feature story highlighting hospitalists’ positive contributions to area hospitals and patients’ positive experiences under their…
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.

ABX Stewardship, Growth of PAs & End-of-Life Care in Hospital Medicine News

by Brett Radler
This issue of SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News features: The potential for CMS to require hospitals to adhere to a formal antibiotic stewardship program in order to receive reimbursement from Medicare The impetus behind and implications of the significant growth of the physician assistant profession over the last five years SHM member Dr. Matthew Hindman on FOX Carolina news, stressing the importance of end-of-life care decisions An explanation in the mainstream media of how the US is bending the healthcare cost curve, highlighting the shift to quality-based reimbursements, among other potential solutions The perceived lack of correlation between price and healthcare quality by consumers The higher case complexity and associated cost to treat children at rural medical centers versus those at urban medical centers Antibiotics Stewardship Enters Play-to-Pay Arena At some point in the very near future, your hospital may have to certify its adherence to a formal…
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.

Healthcare Policy, EHR Security and MOC Make Hospital Medicine News

by Brett Radler
This issue of SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News features: A profile of hospitalist and SHM leader Dr. Patrick Conway in The New York Times, which explores how his experience as a hospitalist and commitment to improving patient care informs his decisions on healthcare policy. An update on the high-profile reproductive rights case, Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt, including the submission of SHM’s amicus brief, which provides clarification on hospitalists’ roles in admissions and inpatient care and how provider-to-provider transitions occur. The recently introduced New York state requirement for paperless prescribing to fight painkiller abuse and the mixed feedback from doctors and patients alike. The growing concern of medical hackers obtaining access to hospitals’ computer systems; an ABC News story highlights another recent attempt that shut down one health system’s EHR, email and other databases and the system’s response. The rise of “retail health” (i.e. pharmacy clinics at Walgreens…
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.

Widespread HM16 Coverage Dominates Latest SHM Media Highlights

by Brett Radler
Media Monitoring Report: March 3 – 17, 2016 Thanks to the tireless efforts of HM16 Course Director Dr. Melissa Mattison, the Annual Meeting Committee, volunteer speakers and SHM staff, Hospital Medicine 2016 featured the most robust course schedule to date and welcomed the largest number of attendees ever to attend an SHM meeting. This went hand-in-hand with extensive media coverage, which dominates this issue of SHM Media Highlights. Updates on antibiotic resistance, advanced nurse practitioner hospitalist programs and new opioid prescription legislation complete this edition. In addition to coverage from The Hospitalist, Medscape was well-represented at HM16, including reports on multiple plenaries and breakout sessions. One story resulted in an extremely large spike in engagement on social media: a recap of Dr. Bob Wachter’s closing plenary address, during which he criticized the ‘7 on, 7 off’ schedule. On Facebook, practitioners shared their opinions on the long-term feasibility of the model.…
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.

Approval of CMS Hospitalist Billing Code Tops Latest SHM Media Highlights

by Brett Radler
Media Monitoring Report: February 18 – March 3, 2016 This edition of SHM Media Highlights features the introduction of a CMS billing code for hospitalists, potential approval of the pediatric hospitalist subspecialty, hospitalist and hospital medicine group spotlights, readmission penalties and more. SHM’s advocacy and public policy staff have been leading the way with the Public Policy Committee to push CMS to recognize hospitalists with their own billing code. Their efforts have finally paid off and at the end of February, CMS officially announced the approval of a dedicated billing code just for hospitalists, which will ensure more accurate benchmarking for performance measurement. In related news, the American Board of Pediatrics have provided initial approval toward subspecialty status for pediatric hospital medicine. SHM members Drs. Sanjay Saint and Courtney O’Rourke were highlighted for their exceptional dedication to patient care – Dr. Saint in the Ann Arbor News for winning the…
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.